strike fear into the heart of (someone)

strike fear into the heart of (someone)

To fill someone with abject terror or fear. While rather impractical and ineffective in combat, the use of flamethrowers in World War II was very effective at striking fear into the hearts of civilians and enemy soldiers alike. The recent epidemic has struck fear into the hearts of people around the world.
See also: fear, heart, of, strike
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