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put the fear of God into somebody

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishput the fear of God into somebodyput the fear of God into somebodyinformalFRIGHTENED to make someone feel that they must do something, by making sure they know what will happen if they do not do it The Italian manager must have put the fear of God into his team. fear
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put the fear of God into somebodyThe IRS tries to put the fear of God into people who don't pay enough tax.
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