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don't you dare

An emphatic way to tell someone not to do something. Don't you dare say something vulgar like that to your mother! Don't you dare touch that autographed baseball—it's worth a lot of money!
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how dare you

What you have done is unacceptable. The phrase is sometimes followed by the action in question. How dare you speak to your mother that way? Apologize right now. You think you can brazenly cheat and get away with it? How dare you?
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I dare say

I assume, assert, or am quite certain. (Somewhat formal or old fashioned.) I dare say we'll hear from him again before the year is done. These trips are always rather tedious, but I dare say we'll be able to find something to divert our attention.
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how dare (someone)

Used to express shock, disdain, or anger that someone could do something so presumptuous, brazen, or rude. Can be said as a question or an exclamation. How dare you speak to your mother that way? Apologize right now! How dare they accuse our company of tax fraud, after the amount of jobs and revenue we've brought into the economy!
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dare someone (to do something)

to challenge someone to do something. Sally dared Jane to race her to the corner. You wouldn't do that, would you? I dare you.

You wouldn't dare (to do something)!

an exclamation that shows disbelief about something that the speaker has stated an intention of doing. Bill: I'm going to leave school. Tom: You wouldn't dare leave! Bill: Be quiet or I'll slap you. Jane: You wouldn't dare to slap me!

I dare say

1. I venture to assert or affirm, as in I dare say my point of view will be heard. [c. 1300]
2. Also, I daresay. I presume or assume to be likely, as in I daresay you'll be invited. This usage is more common in Britain than in America. [Mid-1700s]
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don’t you ˈdare (do something)!

(spoken) used to tell somebody strongly not to do something: ‘I’ll tell her about it.’ ‘Don’t you dare!’Don’t you dare say anything to anybody.

how ˈdare you, etc.

(spoken) used for expressing anger or shock about something that somebody has done: How dare you speak to me like that!How dare he use my office without permission?
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I dare ˈsay

(spoken) I suppose; it seems probable: I dare say what you say is true, but it’s too late to change our plans now.
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4) These tables also include the two occurrences of the inflected form dared with noun phrase (henceforth, NP) complementation in E2.
The fact that durst is losing its past reference favours the increasing use of dare in conditional contexts in EModE and the introduction of the simple past form dared in non-conditional contexts in E2 in my database.
25) But here is the sport--the footeman, seeing it was the king's pleasure to see the wager tryed, dared him, which made Jemy mad, that he would run with him from Edinborough to Barwicke which was forty miles in one day; a thing as unpossible as to pull down a church in one houre, and to build it againe in another: (ARMIN-E2-P1, 22.
replyed wth a kynde of frowne to be dared, that they all knewe he had not named one man, that daye for an other, (ESSEX-E2-H, 16.
The adoption of new lexical features from M4 onwards may have enabled the rise of dared for analogical levelling to other lexical verbs and, in particular, to the sometimes synonymous verbs need and thurven (Bemposta-Rivas 2015).
These developments may have triggered the preference for the--es inflection for 3rd person singular and the past simple form dared.
6) Under the label 'dare\ I have included both finite and non-finite examples: the group of finite forms includes present forms, also containing the inflected form dares and the invariant form dare for 3rd person singular contexts, the conditional form dare and the simple past form dared; the non-finite class includes the infinitives (to) dare, the--ing form daring and the past participle dared.
Conditional dare and simple past form dared are similar to durst in meaning.
In this section I claim that the forms dares and dared show a similar evolution in the EModE period as far as assertiveness and layering are concerned.
This is not the case of lexical dared in my data, which is only found in assertive contexts, in (25) above, repeated here in (38).
overtly uninflected dare in 3rd person singular and durst in past simple contexts, are also found in assertive clauses and still show modal features; (ii) the blend construction dares + BI clause is not restricted to non-assertive contexts (Table 4); (iii) although dared is only attested with lexical uses in assertive contexts in my data, the OED examples in (39) and (40) below show that dared can select a BI clause in non-assertive contexts and it exhibits blend characteristics.
In E2, my data show, on the one hand, the typical modal use of durst with either BI clauses or the modal past construction and, on the other hand, the lexical counterpart with the new form dared and NP complementation ([section] 3.
The occurrence of dared in an interrogative clause in (39) and with direct negation not and with a BI complement in (40) are modal characteristics.
A number of factors have favoured the obsolescence and replacement of durst with dared in simple past contexts and with the form dare in conditional contexts: (i) durst is attested in so-called 'modal past' constructions (Denison 1998: 176-79) and this indicates that durst is losing reference to past events; (ii) dare undergoes a process of regularisation from M4 onwards; (iii) durst shows a low degree of flexibility in the highly frequent construction durst + BI clause.
I have also argued that the construction dared + BI clause shows blend features (cf.