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!
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I don't think you've scarred them for life. Kids don't like to think of their parents having sex - the natural reaction to that idea is usually 'Eurrgh, that's vile!'
This pervert has subjected children to the horrors of his evil ways and probably mentally scarred them for life.
Many of the victims who have relived their torment have told how it scarred them for life.