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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ECB's Weber says German economy is resilient and while it will go "through a dry spell over the coming months" there is "no reason for excessive pessimism over the medium-term outlook or even raising the specter of a deep recession".
Both the House and Senate measures contain language which partisan politics and business groups threaten to derail, including medical savings accounts, caps on medical malpractice suit awards, mental health service parity and uncapped premiums, raising the specter of increased insurance costs.
RAISING THE specter of a modern-day black plague, tales of toxic mold have spread through the suburban landscape:
Or he can take the high road, as Richard Nixon did in 1960, in conceding defeat rather than raising the specter of a stolen election because of alleged massive vote fraud in Chicago.
Although the economy appears remarkably sound, with hefty growth and low inflation, Wall Street analysts said the recent global sell-off was once again raising the specter of troubles ahead.
Ridley-Thomas accused former chamber Chairman Sheldon Ausman, a leader of the South Park group, of raising the specter of alternative projects to hinder support for the Coliseum.
Even though the State Department has backed some of the claims of the Scientologists, a department spokesman scolded the church in its latest report for raising the specter of Nazism in its war with Germany.
In her letter to Reno, Ramirez charged that statements made two weeks ago by Wilson and Secretary of State Bill Jones regarding the lack of background checks and raising the specter of voter fraud ``is in clear violation'' of the federal Voting Rights Act, which prohibits intimidation of any person exercising his or her right to vote.
In a daylong assault on President Clinton's ethics, Bob Dole turned sharply negative Tuesday, raising the specter of White House scandals that he had been avoiding, lacerating Clinton as someone whose ``word is no good'' and blaming him in a commercial for a ``moral crisis.
And again the Democratic leadership has gone on the defensive, throwing up road blocks and attempting to enlist their troops by raising the specter of class warfare.
The outlook is just as dire on the West Coast, where the frightening sudden oak death is knocking off a host of species and raising the specter of Dutch elm disease--which robbed this country of its lovely American elm--on a much larger scale.
And in 1998, former Senator Paul Simon authored Tapped Out: The Coming World Crisis in Water and What We Can Do About It (Welcome Rain), raising the specter of our nation's and planet's overuse and pollution of freshwater supplies.
And finally, raising the specter of Robert Tappan Morris' infamous Internet worm that shut down most of the Net in 1988, Gates invokes the psychology of fear to separate PC isolates from Net connectives.
Many of our families are mixed families where we may have undocumented members,'' said Eun Sook Lee, director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium in Los Angeles, raising the specter of men and women arrested for failing to turn in family members.