raise the specter of (something)

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raise the specter of (something)

To make people aware of or worry about something unpleasant, dreadful, or terrifying. Primarily heard in US. The sudden dip in stock prices has raised the specter of another global recession with some investors. Throughout the Cold War, politicians raised the specter of Communism and the Iron Curtain over anything they thought to be "un-American."
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Ads raised the specter of dreaded halitosis (previously an obscure medical term) to make folks fret about their breath--and promised a cure.
In an interview Monday, Sempra Energy's attorney accused Lockyer of trying to influence the jury in the case with his threats and the company raised the specter of the threatened lawsuit in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing and in closed chambers with presiding San Diego Superior Court Judge Ronald S.
Foreign hand" alarmists raised the specter of bioterrorism.
A White House aide notified Bush that "his unpredictable Defense Secretary had just raised the specter of a broader confrontation," The New York Times reported.
A number of reports on national security have raised the specter of an unanticipated, massive cyber-related attack on critical infrastructures -- such as telecommunications, electrical power systems, gas and oil, banking and finance, transportation, water supply systems, government services and emergency services -- that could disrupt core functions.
Indeed, it may be these scholars' demonstrated affinities rather than Luther's thoughts on obedience to magistrates that raised the specter of a special Lutheran proclivity toward subjection to the Fuhrer.
According to the Religion News Service, the new legislation has raised the specter of defiance from school teachers.
Instead of local labor unions worried about jobs heading south of the border, the opposition consists mostly of pilots who don't want the airport closed, and nearby residents who raised the specter of a flood of illegal immigrants and drugs seeping through their neighborhoods.
The two year opt out provision has caused concern from physicians/practitioners about the integrity of Medicare's policies, and raised the specter for seniors about access to care.
Ever since Thomas Malthus raised the specter of overpopulation in his famous essay in 1798, society has bitterly debated the question of how many people is too many.
Molson has been losing market share to John Labatt, and beer trade agreements have raised the specter of competition from popular price brands produced in efficient U.
When press reports and gossip raised the specter of bankruptcy, investors sued.
Opening the floodgates of glamour to the thrift shop set raised the specter of an unbearable enjoyment, a radical glamour democracy that was quickly held in check by the reeruption of impossibly skinny and pixielike models.
Her book Silent Spring raised the specter of a spring season without the songs of our beloved birds who were poisoned by DDT and other deadly pesticides.