One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘nobody dared to say a word’
be brave enough, have the courage, pluck up courage, take the risk
venture, have the nerve, have the temerity, make so bold as, be so bold as, have the effrontery, have the audacity, presume, go so far as
risk doing, hazard doing, take the liberty of doing
informal stick one's neck out, go out on a limb
North American informal take a flyer
archaic make bold to
2‘she dared him to go’
challenge, provoke, goad, taunt, defy, summon, invite, bid
throw down the gauntlet to
1‘she didn't quite know why she accepted the dare’
challenge, provocation, goad, taunt
gauntlet, invitation, ultimatum, summons
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