What is the meaning of `cowed into’?

The word `cow’ can be used both as a noun and a verb. When used as a verb, the word means to frighten someone into doing something that you want them to. You achieve this by using threats or violence.

Example: Prema needed the job, so she was cowed into doing things she didn’t want to.

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – November 20, 2007

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