a pair of quotation marks used around a term or phrase to indicate that the writer does not think it is being used appropriately or that the writer is using it in a specialized sense:
a “huge breakthrough” in the negotiations.
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quotation marks placed around a word or phrase to indicate that it should not be taken literally or automatically accepted as true
verb (used with object), scared, scaring. 1. to fill, especially suddenly, with fear or terror; frighten; alarm. verb (used without object), scared, scaring. 2. to become frightened: That horse scares easily. noun 3. a sudden fright or alarm, especially with little or no reason. 4. a time or condition of alarm or worry: For three […]
- Scare someone shitless
scare someone shitless
- Scare tactic
noun a strategy using fear to influence the public’s reaction
- Scare the shit out of someone
scare the shit out of someone