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Strange and frightening:‘an eerie green glow in the sky’
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- ‘An eerie young boy keeps hanging about outside her Central Park apartment.’
- ‘The echoes of the last gunshot had died long ago, replaced by an unnatural and eerie silence.’
- ‘It's the later war scenes, in which there are no scenes of war, that are weird and eerie.’
- ‘Over the next few days we cut holes in the sea ice and dived beneath it, which was strange but beautiful in an eerie sort of way.’
- ‘The room was dark, except for an eerie glow of green from a weak neon lamp on the ceiling.’
- ‘Amidst floating human and animals corpses, only the sea waves break the eerie silence.’
- ‘The sound was particularly successful in adding an eerie feel to the mysterious and compelling plot.’
- ‘Backstage is strangely eerie, so I go to my dressing-room for some quiet time.’
- ‘From somewhere in the emptiness behind us there comes a faint, eerie howl.’
- ‘We move swiftly past riotously colonised rock faces of the cliffs into the eerie green water below the arch.’
- ‘The sun was setting and it cast an eerie red glow upon the tan walls of my small room.’
- ‘There was something rather eerie about people turning up unexpectedly around the door and starting to sing.’
- ‘It's dark and eerie - a bizarre experience enhanced by the narcosis that is slowly creeping up on me.’
- ‘They are concerned for elderly neighbours who can be left terrified by the eerie silences on the end of the phone.’
- ‘Dark grayish smoke smothered the scene and the eerie green fire ate away at the hole in front of him.’
- ‘He hated how his uncle crept up silently on him; it was both eerie and uncanny.’
- ‘This chapter has an eerie, sombre feeling which draws their investigation to a close.’
- ‘The plot begins with a woman who witnesses a murder on a dark and eerie night.’
- ‘Some show York street scenes so deserted that they have an eerie quality.’
- ‘The eerie yellowish glow on the horizon turned out to be vapor lights from a large greenhouse.’
Middle English (originally northern English and Scots in the sense ‘fearful’): probably from Old English earg ‘cowardly’, of Germanic origin; related to German arg.
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