put the wind up somebody

put the wind up (someone)

To make someone very anxious, upset, or frightened. If they keep putting pressure on you, we'll threaten them with legal action; that should put the wind up them!
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put the ˈwind up somebody

(British English, informal) make somebody frightened about something: He really put the wind up her with his stories of rats in the kitchen.
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"This week's events will have put the wind up somebody. Whoever knows the truth must think it's starting to close in on them.