frighten into

frighten into
frighten into [phrasal verb]
frighten (someone) into (doing something) : to cause (someone) to do (something) because of fear

The insurance agent tried to frighten her into buying the most expensive flood insurance.

They frightened the boy into confessing his crime.

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Main Entry:frighten

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  • frighten into — phr verb Frighten into is used with these nouns as the object: ↑submission …   Collocations dictionary

  • frighten into — PHRASAL VERB If you frighten someone into doing something they would not normally do, you make them do it by making them afraid not to do it. [V n P ing/n] He was a bully. He tried to frighten people into doing what he wanted …   English dictionary

  • frighten — v. 1) (d; tr.) to frighten into (to frighten smb. into submission) 2) (d; tr.) to frighten out of (to frighten smb. out of doing smt.) 3) (misc.) to frighten smb. to death * * * (misc.) to frighten smb. to death (d; tr.) to frighten into (to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • frighten — fright|en [ˈfraıtn] v [T] to make someone feel afraid = ↑scare ▪ Don t stand so near the edge! You re frightening me. ▪ She was frightened by the anger in his eyes. ▪ Computers used to frighten me, but not now. frighten sb to death/frighten the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • frighten — [[t]fra͟ɪt(ə)n[/t]] frightens, frightening, frightened 1) VERB If something or someone frightens you, they cause you to suddenly feel afraid, anxious, or nervous. [V n] He knew that Soli was trying to frighten him, so he smiled to hide his fear …   English dictionary

  • frighten — [frīt′ n] vt. 1. to cause to feel fright; make suddenly afraid; scare; terrify 2. to force (away, out, or off) or bring ( into a specified condition) by making afraid [to frighten someone into confessing] vi. to become suddenly afraid… …   English World dictionary

  • frighten — frighten, fright, scare, alarm, terrify, terrorize, startle, affray, affright mean to strike or to fill with fear or dread. Frighten is perhaps the most frequent in use; it is the most inclusive, for it may range in implicaton from a momentary… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • frighten somebody into into doing something — ˈfrighten sb into sth/into doing sth derived to make sb do sth by making them afraid Main entry: ↑frightenderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • frighten somebody into something doing something — ˈfrighten sb into sth/into doing sth derived to make sb do sth by making them afraid Main entry: ↑frightenderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • Frighten — Fright en, v. t. [imp. {Frightened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Frightening}.] [See {Fright}, v. t.] To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify. [1913 Webster] More frightened than hurt. Old Proverb. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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