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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"At some point, these things pile up and raise the specter of a tipping point," another veteran Republican strategist fretted, adding: "At a minimum, this does not qualify as positive yardage." ( ANI )
Some opponents of the practice raise the specter of young gigolos reeling in wealthy old bags and "extorting" them.
Argentina knows that, if necessary, it can again play the default card or raise the specter of an international crisis.
Cressy concludes that although the story reveals credulity and victimization, the remarkable feature of the case is that Agnes's accuser did not raise the specter of witchcraft or attempt to show it as a portent of divine displeasure on the Elizabethan religious settlement.
Such cross-species operations raise the specter of animal viruses leaping the barrier into the human population.
According to the Institute for Democracy Studies, Pavone's activities raise the specter of a church-directed voting bloc that could threaten church-state separation.
The performances may consist of bits and pieces of works lifted out of context, and the edible portions of the evening can raise the specter of wine-stimulated acidic nightmares accompanied by high-carb, high-fat finger foods.
These historical events raise the specter of more serious concerns because of recent increases in:
Even if they were more effective, regular use of antibiotics would upset the digestive system and raise the specter of life-threatening drug-resistant infections.
Consequently, the Commission must avoid making recommendations that raise the specter of retroactive tax increases.
Naturally, opponents of tax relief for families and tax reductions for businesses raise the specter of an even larger federal deficit.