scar (one) for life

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scar (one) for life

To leave an indelible impression upon one's memory or psyche for the rest of one's life. Often used in passive constructions. Seeing her parents die in such a terrible manner scarred the poor girl for life. I hope such a traumatic event like that won't scar him for life!
See also: life, scar
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Karapatan also reminded the Duterte administration of its mandate 'to provide access and opportunity to children, instead of concocting measures that will scar them for life.'
Forced to become fighters, messengers, porters and spies, child soldiers are exposed to the dangers and horrors of war that scar them for life. It is tragic, criminal and constitutes a gross and unconscionable violation of human rights.
She was being cared for by a maternal aunt while her parents were performing Umrah, and they returned home to find themselves and their dead daughter at the centre of a media storm that is going to scar them for life.
Mr Hill makes reference to a couple who are going through an even bigger crisis that would scar them for life.
Two more in the Manchester area have left children with injuries that may scar them for life, and in Speke recently we had an incident where a family pet was killed and its owner injured by a dog that was later destroyed by police.
FIVE children were left with blisters that could scar them for life after contact with one of the world's most poisonous plants.
Does anyone really want it on their conscience that a Chinese lantern, launched perhaps amid scenes of joyous celebration, might come down on someone's head and scar them for life? Or, as we report today, land on a householder's conservatory, burn a hole through its roof and nearly set their home ablaze?
If they don't make it through, this kind of rejection could scar them for life, especially knowing how harsh the judges can be.
Grown-ups, after all, tend to think of disrupted school days, missed Scout meetings, and Hollywood horror stories about all those youthful performers, from July Garland to Jay North, whose early careers seemed to scar them for life. Mama Rose may come to mind--hardly an inspiration for prospective stage parents.
What puzzles me was that a couple were going through an even bigger crisis that would scar them for life. They hadn't had a precious photo stolen by "the scum of the earth" but their beautiful, living, breathing daughter, so forgive me Mike if l show you the same compassion you showed them.
Nicole Kidman is superb as the war-widow-in-waiting Grace, who is determined to protect her two children from things that go bump in the house, and daylight which could scar them for life due to a rare condition, Xeroderma Pigmentosum.
Their experiences scar them for life, but the four vow never to speak of what happened to anyone else - ever.