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What is the meaning of the phrase strike dread? I've encountered it many times.

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I would suggest you to make a good use of your dictionary when you encounter an unfamiliar phrase. – user19341 Jan 15 '13 at 14:44
    
Also strike fear, strike terror, strike awe. – Peter Shor Jan 15 '13 at 17:31
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There is nothing mystical about strike dread:

  • Strike: to hit with sudden force
  • Dread: a terror or great fear

To strike dread into someone's heart is to inspire a sudden fear.

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