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dare someone (to do something)

to challenge someone to do something. Sally dared Jane to race her to the corner. You wouldn't do that, would you? I dare you.

You wouldn't dare (to do something)!

an exclamation that shows disbelief about something that the speaker has stated an intention of doing. Bill: I'm going to leave school. Tom: You wouldn't dare leave! Bill: Be quiet or I'll slap you. Jane: You wouldn't dare to slap me!

don't you dare

I will be very angry at you if you do "I'm going to tell Billy what you said about him." "Don't you dare! "
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how dare you do something

I am very surprised and shocked by what you are doing How dare you show up at my wedding?
Usage notes: usually shows that you think someone's behavior is very wrong: How dare he accuse us of lying!
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I dare say

(slightly formal)
I am quite certain Oh, I dare say Caroline and I will find some way to fill the time while you go off shopping.
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I dare say

1. I venture to assert or affirm, as in I dare say my point of view will be heard. [c. 1300]
2. Also, I daresay. I presume or assume to be likely, as in I daresay you'll be invited. This usage is more common in Britain than in America. [Mid-1700s]
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after losing her 22-year-old son during his deployment to Iraq, dared Purina Dog Chow Brand Dog Food to make a donation to Carolina Patriot Rovers, which will help fund the training of several service dogs that will be given to veterans suffering from psychological trauma to assist in their recovery.
I always joke about those dirty cars and the things that are written on them, so my friend dared me to write something.
In White Lies and Barefaced Truths Cat is dared to talk to Ollie, Lia's gorgeous brother, on behalf of Becca, who is too shy to talk to him herself and has a secret crush on Ollie.
And look elsewhere to sleep off your shame at not having known what to say, being sick and tired of feeling remorse about not knowing what to do, bathed in regret at not having dared, and drinking in the sorrow over everything that's been put together in the same pint and mixed well.
The Lakers - the dominant players in this ongoing drama, save for a minor slip-up two weeks ago at the Alamodome - dared Duncan to beat them.
John Grande, who works as an on-the-street reporter for KPWR morning radio show host ``Big Boy,'' dared the boy to disrobe Tuesday morning and streak across all four pedestrian crossings at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Osborne Street for a set of concert tickets, police said.
AN INDIAN TV show that dared two teenage girls to strip to their underwear on a crowded Bombay street has triggered an uproar.
Denise Rogers and Christopher and Angela and Adrienne and Dianne and Stephanie and Martha and Haruko and Amy and Sara and Pratibha and Lauren and Roberta and Camille and my colleagues and students at school and the neighbors next door and Amigo, the Airedale who lives with me - they dared me to make this cancer thing into a fight: They dared me to practice trying to lift my arm three or four inches away from my side.
Can you imagine being dared to do your first skydiving jump or backflip with all your friends betting you will chicken?
At NanoSignal we have a fresh idea on how to make MRI's better through SLICES(TM) software and we have dared to go forward not just exploring its commercial potential but taking concrete steps to make that dream a reality.
Then Victor dared Becki to simulate oral sex on Ahmed and Becki got to work under a blanket.
Lilly dared me I wouldn't drop an eggplant onto the sidewalk from her 16-story bedroom window.
One boy dared Paul to climb through a crevice piercing a large boulder, but as he moved forward he slipped down five to eight feet, fire officials said.