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a holy terror

A very troublesome, aggressive, or aggravating person; a person who is exasperatingly difficult in manner or behavior. I know that I was a holy terror when I was young, so I guess it's fitting that my own kids give me so much trouble.
See also: holy, terror

reign of terror

A period of oppression by a hostile ruler. Sometimes used hyperbolically. The people could only tolerate the dictator's reign of terror for so long before they started a revolution. Is mom finished with her reign of terror, or do we have to keep cleaning the house every weekend?
See also: of, reign, terror

blanch with (an emotion)

To become visibly pale as a result of feeling a particular emotion. All of my friends ran into the creepy haunted house, but I blanched with fear when I saw it. Stella blanched with disgust at the plate of cooked ants that had been set before her.
See also: blanch

king of terrors

1. Death as an idea or personification. In those days, the king of terrors was ever present in families' lives, such that they were forever prepared to confront the death of a loved one at almost any given moment.
2. That which is an especial cause of death. Her blood ran cold when the doctor said it could be that king of terrors, cancer.
See also: king, of, terror

strike fear into (one)

To frighten, terrify, or horrify someone. While rather impractical and ineffective in combat, the use of flamethrowers in World War II was very effective at striking fear into civilians and enemy soldiers alike. The recent epidemic has struck fear into countries around the world.
See also: fear, strike

strike terror into (one)

To frighten, terrify, or horrify someone. While rather impractical and ineffective in combat, the use of flamethrowers in World War II was very effective at striking terror into civilians and enemy soldiers alike. The recent epidemic has struck terror into countries around the world.
See also: strike, terror

hold terror for someone

[for something] to be frightening to a person. The thought of flying to Rio by myself held great terror for me. Nothing holds terror for me. I am a daredevil.
See also: hold, terror

holy terror

An exasperating individual, as in He was only five, but he was a holy terror, running wild through the house and throwing whatever he could lay his hands on . The adjective holy here is an intensifier. [Late 1800s]
See also: holy, terror

a reign of terror

COMMON A reign of terror is a period during which there is a lot of violence and killing, especially by people who are in positions of power. The dictator's 17-year reign of terror had ended and the people took to the streets to celebrate their freedom. His victims during a four-month reign of terror included a schoolgirl and a student. Note: The original Reign of Terror was during the French Revolution between April 1793 and July 1794, when many thousands were put to death by the government.
See also: of, reign, terror

king of terrors

death personified.
See also: king, of, terror

strike ˌfear, ˌterror, etc. into somebody/somebody’s ˈheart

(formal) make somebody feel fear, terror, etc: His crimes struck horror into the nation’s heart.
See also: heart, somebody, strike

holy terror

n. a devilish person; a badly behaving child. Why is the boss such a holy terror today?
See also: holy, terror
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Night terrors don't cause any long-term psychological harm and occur amongst kids during deep sleep.
Sleep terrors look far more distressing to the observer than they are.
In essence, the child does not know he has night terrors.
Parents of children that have night terrors are often told not to tell their child that he is having night terrors so as to not scare their child or to negatively effect their child's concentration on typical day-to-day thoughts and activities.
They gathered to pay homage to those who had lost their lives in the Mumbai terrors attacks.
New Delhi, Nov 30 (ANI): A cross-section of citizens of Delhi reiterated their determination to fight terror at the lawns of India Gate.
She told Hinton that when these terrors befall her, she knows that the demons want to scare her to death and she feels that they might succeed.
She told Hinton that the ghost terrors usually trigger a flashback to an actual incident that occurred more than 20 years ago.
If those opinion polls are any reliable indication, most of the victims of the terrors that day proclaimed faith in warlike, atavistic deities too.
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, by Sam Harris, New York: Norton, 336 pages, $24.
If anything, both masturbation and marijuana seem to have lost their terrors given more recent fears about AIDS and crack; in today's world, their comparison seems more charming than provocative.
AT AN AGE when church becomes boring and starts losing priority over hockey practice or sleeping in, the youth group at Ottawa's Christ Church, aka the Holy Terrors, has been defying the trends and growing both in number and in popularity.
And for four years running, the Terrors, who made a big splash one year paddling in their pajamas, were the only teen group in the Rideau Canal Canoe Race for Kids; they raised $4,600 for the Christie Lake Camp for underprivileged children.
But what are night terrors and how are they different from nightmares?
King says that night terrors are "quite dramatic, but innocent episodes that occur usually during the transition between light and deep sleep.