put the wind up somebody

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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!
See also: put, up, wind

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.
See also: put, somebody, up, wind
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