Definition of take fright in English:

take fright

phrase

  • Suddenly become frightened or panicked.

    • ‘Horses can take fright easily, so adjust your driving as soon as you see horses on the road ahead of you.’
    • ‘Imagine now that house prices carried on falling for the next six months and that consumers took fright.’
    • ‘Every time they scampered forward in the opening half hour, the hosts took fright, sporting that look which befalls turkeys each time the barn door is unlatched.’
    • ‘The horses pulling the carriage suddenly took fright for no apparent reason, snapped the traces and bolted off, startling both the hosts and their guest of honour.’
    • ‘But fortunately the vandals took fright and scampered away in a hurry.’
    • ‘Suddenly his horse took fright, and he was carried with dreadful rapidity through the entangled forest.’
    • ‘If investors take fright, stocks could fall below their current levels, they said.’
    • ‘The horse drawing this vehicle also took fright and flung its driver and passenger into the road, injuring them both.’
    • ‘When the alarm is given Sikes takes fright and escapes, and Oliver is shot and wounded.’
    • ‘They took fright and would have tipped her body into the sea, had not Haiho stopped them.’