Definition of put the fear of God in (or into) someone in English:

put the fear of God in (or into) someone

phrase

  • Make someone very frightened.

    ‘she hoped the threat would put the fear of God in him’
    • ‘If that puts the fear of God in you, then you should know we're here for you.’
    • ‘We want people to take sensitive precautions - we don't want to put the fear of God into them.’
    • ‘Last year they put the fear of God in us that our homes were going to fall down around our ears and that we would need to move out immediately.’
    • ‘There was something about those last two words - delivered with a kind of implied terror - that put the fear of God in me.’
    • ‘If I saw someone with a rifle running towards me, it would put the fear of God into me as well.’
    • ‘His tactic at a meeting in Washington this August with state emergency managers was to put the fear of God into them.’
    • ‘Your mother and I are trying to put the fear of God into you, but, nothing seems to be working, does it?’
    • ‘One of the lightening bolts put the fear of God into me!’
    • ‘They must observe human rights at all times as well as protect people rather than putting the fear of God into them.’
    • ‘Apart from a few acrobatic monkeys putting the fear of God into me, and sweltering soaking heat, it was a pleasant trek.’