strike fear into the hearts of

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variants: or strike fear into one's heart

Definition of strike fear into the hearts of

: to cause (someone) to be very afraid : to frighten a horrific accident that struck fear into the hearts of skiers everywhere The idea struck fear into their hearts.

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“Strike fear into the hearts of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strike%20fear%20into%20the%20hearts%20of. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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