put the wind up (someone)

idiom

British, informal
: to make (someone) afraid or nervous
I tried to put the wind up him by threatening to call the police.

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“Put the wind up (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20the%20wind%20up%20%28someone%29. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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