scare story


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scare story

A story or rumor that makes something seem more serious, dreadful, or terrifying than it really is. Every year around Halloween, there's some scare story in the news about razor blades being found in candy. You just can't listen to all the scare stories people love to spread or you'd end up being afraid of everything!
See also: scare, story
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From the minute the scare story emerged, I kept saying to people: "There is no evidence that MMR is harmful.
The euro, once a software scare story on par with Y2K, is no longer a big issue for finance directors who are buying or upgrading their systems, according to a Financial Management survey of major suppliers at the Softworld accounting and finance show.
By chemo-phobia I mean the predisposition to believe any scare story about hazards to health or the environment caused by the chemical industry or its products.
Mr Haggie says that "potentially, global warming is the most catastrophic scare story in history".
ALL political parties saw the Jacqui Smith story as a possible can of worms about to open, then salvation - swine flu in Mexico, a good scare story to occupy the minds of the general public.
I WAS hoping Monday's ECHO headline which read 'We've Caught A Shark In The Mersey' was actually a well orchestrated scare story placed by someone in the office.
LATEST EU scare story - there's a desperate shortage of Scottish mince.
Club spokesman Paul Tyrrell said: "This is the worst type of scare story which shows a lack of editorial integrity from the programme makers.
Dr Atkins would have been very angry about this latest scare story, he hated it when people manipulated the truth.
SIR; Despite the banner headlines of last week's scare story, consumers, retailers, scientists and a wide range of chefs and celebrities continue to support Scottish Quality Salmon (SQS) at the tills, in print and on the airwaves.
According to the Met Office, the scare story has been tested out on 55 wet St Swithin's Days and on each occasion has failed to live up to the hype.
Is the global warming theory the biggest and most expensive scare story of them all?
I challenge him to substantiate his scare story by giving us the licence fees charged in the other small free countries of northern Europe - just the facts, Mr Cairns, just the facts.
The latest scare story they have dreamt up is that the Queen will be deposed and replaced by politicians.
Now they're demanding an apology over the scare story which, they fear, could damage Coventry's international image.
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