harrowing experience

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harrowing experience

An experience that is frightening, chilling, or disturbing, either due to an implied or actual element of danger, or from being physically or emotionally unpleasant. With so much traffic, cycling in this city can be a harrowing experience. Walking through that graveyard last night was quite the harrowing experience. The film is very good, but it's a bit of a harrowing experience; it doesn't shy away from intense subject matter.
See also: experience
References in classic literature ?
It was a trembling and ashen-hued Usanga who tumbled out of the fuselage, for his nerves were still on edge as a result of the harrowing experience of the loop, yet with terra firma once more under foot, he quickly regained his composure.
There should be no repetition of his harrowing experience with Naratu.
The details of his recent harrowing experience returned to him.
It was a harrowing experience, but soon over, and once again the captive was being carried swiftly toward the east and what fate he could not even guess.
Ruby Gillis wrote a gushing epistle deploring Anne's absence, assuring her she was horribly missed in everything, asking what the Redmond "fellows" were like, and filling the rest with accounts of her own harrowing experiences with her numerous admirers.
Halle had kept tightlipped for years about the abuse but recently felt compelled to share her harrowing experience.
From start to finish I was treated with professionalism and consideration through quite a harrowing experience.
6 My morning confrontation with the bathroom mirror was a slightly less harrowing experience on Thursday when I heard on Radio 5 Live that there's been a major "turning point" in the search for a cure for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other cruel neuro-degenerative diseases.
This was a harrowing experience caused entirely by the mismanagement of the organisers.
Written and directed by Garrett Batty (Scout Camp), the film tells the untold, true story of Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst and their harrowing experience being kidnapped, beaten and held for ransom for nearly a week in Saratov, Russia.
Considering the harrowing experience they have gone through, the Indian High Commission is arranging delivery of food packets for them through the prison authorities on the occasion of Diwali tomorrow.
To witness the harrowing experience of claimants collapsing in corridors having attended a DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) tribunal, and having the Atos assessment of "fit for work" overturned by a judge within minutes, will challenge the common perception that the disabled are just "scroungers".
He was trying to come to terms with this harrowing experience when he fiddled his expenses in 2011.
The man is still in shock after the harrowing experience, local media say.
Summary: A hiking expedition turned into a harrowing experience for a teenager from Washington who slipped while taking a dip in a river.