raise the spectre of

raise the spectre of something

  (British, American & Australian) also raise the specter of something (American)
to make people worry that something unpleasant will happen Drought and war have raised the spectre of food shortages for millions of people. Napoli's 1-0 defeat at Bologna raised the spectre of relegation for the Italian champions.
See the ghost at the feast
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He is wrong in my opinion to raise the spectre of George Orwell's dystopia 1984.
Asylum Coalition spokesman Dr Michael Wilks, said: "It is unwise of the Home Secretary to raise the spectre of vigilantism because that in itself is quite likely to produce that result.
Spokesman for the Asylum Coalition, Dr Michael Wilks, said, ``I think it is unwise of the Home Secretary to raise the spectre of vigilantism because that in itself is quite likely to produce that result.
Spokesman for the Asylum Coalition, Dr Michael Wilks, said: ``I think it is unwise of the Home Secretary to raise the spectre of vigilantism because that in itself is quite likely to produce that result.
In an interview with The Financial Times, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah calls for a more effective and balanced US and European role to shore up a precarious Israeli-Palestinian truce and warns that an escalation of violence will raise the spectre of terrorism or war in the region.