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.
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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.
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MARK O'MEARA admits Tiger Woods no longer strikes fear into his rivals - but insists the fallen star can still rack up more Majors.
DESPITE navigating my infirmity this week we successfully tackled the day that strikes fear into the heart of parents the UK over.
It's not often a finger spinner strikes fear into the heart of batsmen, but West Indies captain Darren Sammy reckons Sunil Narine will do just that when the World Twenty20 kicks off in Sri Lanka.
New series UNDERCOVER BOSS Tue C4 9pm It is the reality show that strikes fear into the nation's workers.
In his guise as The Green Hornet, Britt strikes fear into the heart of the underworld aided by Kato's seemingly indestructible car, The Black Beauty, fitted with all the latest gismos and firepower.
MASTER MINDED The brilliant two-mile chaser tops the bill on a tremendous TV card at Ascot, as last Saturday's vanquished Kauto Star team of Paul Nicholls, Tony McCoy and owner Clive Smith bid for compensation in the Victor Chandler Chase See pages 2-4 NICKY HENDERSON Read the exclusive views of Nicky Henderson, fresh fros m a memorable Kempton five-timer last Saturday, including King George hero Long Run, and with nine winners from his last 21 runners, as he talks you through his team this weekend See pages 12-13 PRICEWISE If it's Saturday, it's Pricewise, the word that strikes fear into the hearts of the bookies as Tom Segal selects the value bets for the top TV races See pages 16-17
He really is world class and strikes fear into defenders because they know his attitude and his desire.
Staff will be wearing pink throughout the day and spokeswoman Kim Riley said: "Breast cancer is a phrase which strikes fear into the hearts of hundreds each year.
The name alone strikes fear into London Labourites.
Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of Americans like gay marriage can do,' an 'unnamed intelligence official' says.
This is a time that strikes fear into the hearts of many public companies, when the outside world appears poised to pounce without mercy onto any financial wrongdoing, real or perceived.
WESTMINISTER whip and Stirling MP Anne McGuire strikes fear into the hearts of wayward MPs in the Commons.
It strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners in areas with a termite infestation.
CANCER is a terrible disease which strikes fear into the heart of any family.
The very word strikes fear into the heart of any parent and further along the ward we meet 13-year-old Georgina, who has spent the past three months in hospital after being struck down by the disease.