fright

fright [fraıt] n
[: Old English; Origin: fyrhto]
1.) [singular, U]
a sudden feeling of fear
You gave me such a fright creeping up on me like that!
get/have a fright
I got an awful fright when I realised how much money I owed.
with fright
He was shaking with fright.
in fright
Several of the children cried out in fright.
2.) take fright
to be very afraid of something, especially so that you run away from it or do not do something that you were going to do
The bird took fright and flew away.
She had promised to marry him, but took fright at the last moment.
3.) look a fright
old-fashioned to look untidy or unattractive

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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