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: for, life, scar
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This provides just the right amount of shiver for this age group without scarring them for life. Sherry Hoy, Library Media Specialist, Tuscarora JHS, Mifflintown, PA
You wouldn't want to let any child see its gratuitous brutality for fear of scarring them for life.
What seems to be forgotten is this man has committed foul sex offences against young girls, probably scarring them for life.