put the wind up (someone)(redirected from put the wind up them)
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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!
put the wind up someonemainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone or something puts the wind up you, they make you afraid or worried. The delay put the wind up me because, by then, I knew something was very wrong. He has already put the wind up his management team by speaking of cuts. Note: You can also say that someone gets the wind up when they become afraid or worried. He got the wind up when he learned of their investigations.
put (or have) the wind upalarm or frighten (or be alarmed or frightened). British informal
One of the earliest recorded uses of this expression was in a letter from the poet Wilfred Owen in 1918 : ‘Shells so close that they thoroughly put the wind up a Life Guardsman in the trench with me’.