strike fear into (one)

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strike fear into (one)

To frighten, terrify, or horrify someone. While rather impractical and ineffective in combat, the use of flamethrowers in World War II was very effective at striking fear into civilians and enemy soldiers alike. The recent epidemic has struck fear into countries around the world.
See also: fear, strike

strike ˌfear, ˌterror, etc. into somebody/somebody’s ˈheart

(formal) make somebody feel fear, terror, etc: His crimes struck horror into the nation’s heart.
See also: heart, somebody, strike
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PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins yesterday urged people not to let terrorists strike fear into lives.
They know that they cannot defeat Israel militarily or economically or in any other classical war, so their new war now is a war of the spirit - they want to strike fear into our hearts, they want to stop us from flying to Israel, going to Jerusalem, they want to stop us from walking around with a sense of freedom, life, and liberty.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: "Talk of cutting support for people who are simply not able to work will strike fear into the hearts of many vulnerable people.
The leaked video of Mr Farage advocating a move to a "French or Dutch insurance model" should strike fear into those who believe passionately in the National Health Service.
35pm The 8 Out of 10 Cats comedian gets to grips with mortgages, marriage and parenthood - issues that strike fear into the hearts of many thirtysomethings.
GER LYONS can strike fear into the hearts of bookies at Ayr the likes of which has not been seen since Viking longships pillaged the west coast.
LIVERPOOL midfielder Joe Allen believes Anfield has once again become a fortress that will strike fear into the heart of the opposition - thanks to the stunning form of Luis Suarez.
IT'S a story to strike fear into the hearts of parents of teenage girls everywhere.
Visits to the Britannia strike fear into most teams but Wigan will have positive memories of their 1-0 triumph there on the final day of last season.
THE thought of assembling flat-pack furniture can strike fear into the hearts of even the most hardened DIY-ers.
Taking visual cues from The Dark Knight with bleak, ominous settings and a horde of foes to battle against, wielding Bruce Wayne's alter ego's gadgets allows you to strike fear into your enemies and kick major butt.
8 : to produce by or as if by a blow <We'll strike fear into the enemy.
HIBS boss Mixu Paatelainen believes flying winger Alan O'Brien will strike fear into every SPL full-back if he keeps his impressive displays going.
THE two words that strike fear into the heart of homeowners everywhere have been uttered by financial experts for the first time since the 1990s: Negative equity.
The headache-inducing ``Deja Vu'' opens with a Bruckheimer bang -- 543 people blown to bits by a terrorist bomb on board a New Orleans river ferry -- and chugs along nicely until Denzel Washington hears the nine words that should strike fear into the heart of every moviegoer: