One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Suddenly become frightened or panicked.
be alarmed, be scared, be nervous, be afraid, overreact, become panic-stricken, take fright, be filled with fear, be terrified, be agitated, be hysterical, lose one's nerve, be perturbed, get overwrought, get worked up, fall to pieces, go to pieces, lose control, fall apartView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If investors take fright, stocks could fall below their current levels, they said.’
- ‘They took fright and would have tipped her body into the sea, had not Haiho stopped them.’
- ‘But fortunately the vandals took fright and scampered away in a hurry.’
- ‘When the alarm is given Sikes takes fright and escapes, and Oliver is shot and wounded.’
- ‘Suddenly his horse took fright, and he was carried with dreadful rapidity through the entangled forest.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The horse drawing this vehicle also took fright and flung its driver and passenger into the road, injuring them both.’
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