strike terror into (one)

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strike terror 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 terror into civilians and enemy soldiers alike. The recent epidemic has struck terror into countries around the world.
See also: strike, terror
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Not unlike an alligator in shape, with spikes on its head and tail, with a warty, squatty ridge-encrusted body, a big pouch beneath its chin, and long-toed claws, it was enough to strike terror into the heart of almost any one.
"We four, with the aid of my gleaming axe, are enough to strike terror into the hearts of the rebels."
This strange spectacle at such an hour and in such a solitary place was quite enough to strike terror into Sancho's heart, and even into his master's; and (save in Don Quixote's case) did so, for all Sancho's resolution had now broken down.
Then in that warm and scented infinity, or eternity, in which I rested lost in bliss but ready for any catastrophe, I heard the distant, hardly audible, and fit to strike terror into the heart, ringing of a bell.
So, Carmel unveils her new part-time Enforcement Officer, who will strike terror into the hearts of the unruly traders - Robbie Jackson (Dean Gaffney).
4 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (1990) A MYSTERIOUS ooze turns four turtles into masked and shelled super-heroes ready to defend the helpless and strike terror into New York's bad guys.
The recent carnage was designed to strike terror into every person going about ordinary activities, to make the French feel that they are not safe, anywhere
Many other such tales have they with which to strike terror into the hearts of bad boys and girls,' he added sardonically.
"I'll help," are words to strike terror into the parent of any five-year-old.
IS media puts forward that the game has the goal of raising "the morale of the mujaheddin," or the people carrying out jihad, "and to train children and youth how to battle the West and to strike terror into the hearts of those who oppose the Islamic State".
Many have been beheaded and their bodies put on display in public squares, "in order to strike terror into civilians and into any group that might decide to fight it", Abdel Rahman said.
And having become one of England's 'generals' the lock says he will be even better by the time the World Cup comes around after deciding to launch into less of his trademark hits - an idea which will strike terror into every other side.
The word gazumping used to strike terror into the hearts of home buyers as they saw their prize snatched from under their noses with a last minute bid above the asking price.
This double whammy of opening episodes was a real tonic in a TV world where the phrase "new sitcom" is usually enough to strike terror into viewers' hearts.
Instead, a congregation of misfits and a terrifying fish from the murky depths were there to strike terror into the hearts of visitors.
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