frighten 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.

Word by Word Definitions

frighten play
  1. : to make afraid : terrify

  2. : to drive or force by frightening

  3. : to become frightened


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