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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raise the ˈspectre of something

(British English) (American English raise the ˈspecter of something) make people afraid that something unpleasant might happen: The news of more cuts has raised the spectre of redundancies once again.
A spectre is an old word for a ghost.
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court hearing in a key patent battle in mid-2012, a court filing showed, raising the specter of a prolonged legal struggle.
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".
The irony here is that reimbursement has not kept pace with the overhead required to maintain such an office, raising the specter of extinction over the long run.
That's the backwash from the ongoing options-backdating scandal that has been playing out in the business headlines for months, ensnaring well over 80 companies and raising the specter of criminal charges at some.
It was signed by an official at the Center for Law in the Public Interest, which recently received a $1 million donation from Meruelo, raising the specter of a conflict of interest involving the district's bond oversight committee.
For now, however, other African American voices are raising the specter of the short term: tomorrow and next week or next year.
Federal Bureau of Investigation is mobilizing dozens of agents from its Financial Crimes Section to investigate allegations of corporate fraud in the insurance industry, raising the specter of possible criminal charges against companies or executives in connection with probes of such industry practices as the use of finite reinsurance.
Yet, import of exotic rodent species and relocation of indigenous wildlife to other areas as pets have compromised the integrity of natural cycles, proving perilous to both animal and human communities and raising the specter of interspecies transmission of infectious agents, among them those that cause tularemia and monkeypox.
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 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.
Could no-lapse products become the next vanishing premium debacle/or the life industry, raising the specter of lawsuits and damaging allegations regarding the insurance sales process?
Slopes in and around the city have been deforested, raising the specter of landslides that could cause upwards of $100 million in damages.
S ports of call, raising the specter of a disruption in international shipping to and from the United States.