strike fear into the hearts of

idiom
variants: or strike fear into one's heart
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

strike play
  1. : to take a course : go

  2. : to aim and usually deliver a blow, stroke, or thrust (as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool)

  3. : to arrive with detrimental effect

  1. : a tool for smoothing a surface (as of a mold)

  2. : an act or instance of striking

  3. : a work stoppage by a body of workers to enforce compliance with demands made on an employer

fear play
  1. : an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger

  2. : an instance of this emotion

  3. : a state marked by this emotion

  1. : to be afraid of : expect with alarm

  2. : to have a reverential awe of

  3. : frighten

heart play hearts
  1. : a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood

  2. : a structure in an invertebrate animal functionally analogous to the vertebrate heart

  3. : breast, bosom

  1. : love:2

  2. : hearten

  3. : to fix in the heart


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