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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The Southampton marksman has been striking fear into the hearts of defenders in the English Premier League.
Bardarbunga in Iceland blew at the weekend, striking fear into the hearts of jet-setters.
Threats and acts of terrorism are splashed across the tabloids striking fear into the hearts of ordinary people.
STEPHEN Warnock believes Aston Vila are striking fear into every club they play against now in the Premier League, but admits it will take all the team's resolve and stamina to cope with the next four weeks and four away games on the bounce.
A BOGUS policeman claiming to have found a mobile phone at an accident scene is striking fear into innocent Liverpool people with hoax phone calls.
With more zeal than most of its contemporaries, Terror is striking fear into the hearts of other less diligent hardcore bands.
ALAN SHEARER has hailed Graeme Souness' arrival at St James' Park, insisting the former Blackburn boss will achieve far more than simply striking fear into Newcastle.