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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.’
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