frighten into

phrasal verb
frightened into; frightening into; frightens into

Definition of frighten into

: to cause (someone) to do (something) because of fear The insurance agent tried to frighten her into buying the most expensive flood insurance. They frightened the boy into confessing his crime.

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“Frighten into.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frighten%20into. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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