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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Barry Evans added: "The prison guard has a job he gets no thanks for but he has a duty to provide for his family then this scumbag scars him for life. Throw away the key to this monster."
That's going to be something that scars him for life. It made me sick to hear that, might have even seen it happen." Myerly added that crime had become an issue in the town and that she and her family had considered moving.
When he falls for Sofia (Penelope Cruz), Julie gets Minneapolis 500 on him and scars him for life in a car crash.