What is the meaning of `cowed into'?

(G. Laxman, Vijayawada)

The word `cow' can be usedboth as a noun and a verb.When used as a verb, the wordmeans to frighten someoneinto doing something thatyou want them to. Youachieve this by using threatsor violence.*Prema needed the job, soshe was cowed into doingthings she didn't want to.S. UPENDRAN

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