scare story


scare story
scare story UK US noun [countable] [singular scare story plural scare stories]
something said or written that makes a situation seem worse than it really is
Thesaurus: people and things that cause worry or problemshyponym small and minor problemssynonym

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • scare\ out\ of\ one's\ wits — • scare out of one s wits • scare stiff • scare the daylights out of v. phr. informal To frighten very much. The owl s hooting scared him out of his wits. The child was scared stiff in the dentist s chair. Pete s ghost story scared the daylights… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • scare\ stiff — • scare out of one s wits • scare stiff • scare the daylights out of v. phr. informal To frighten very much. The owl s hooting scared him out of his wits. The child was scared stiff in the dentist s chair. Pete s ghost story scared the daylights… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • scare\ the\ daylights\ out\ of — • scare out of one s wits • scare stiff • scare the daylights out of v. phr. informal To frighten very much. The owl s hooting scared him out of his wits. The child was scared stiff in the dentist s chair. Pete s ghost story scared the daylights… …   Словарь американских идиом


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