strike terror into the heart of (someone)

strike terror 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 terror into the hearts of civilians and enemy soldiers alike. The recent epidemic has struck terror into the hearts of people around the world.
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