put the fear of God into (someone)

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Definition of put the fear of God into (someone)

: to frighten (someone) very badly The bad economic news has put the fear of God into investors.

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“Put the fear of God into (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20the%20fear%20of%20God%20into%20%28someone%29. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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