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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Mick Cash, leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, will raise the spectre of action over pensions.
And then again someone's bound to raise the spectre of kids being bullied for being too poor to have their own phones.
He is wrong in my opinion to raise the spectre of George Orwell's dystopia 1984.
Spokesman for the Asylum Coalition, Dr Michael Wilks, said: ``I think it is unwise of the Home Secretary to raise the spectre of vigilantism because that in itself is quite likely to produce that result.''
Spokesman for the Asylum Coalition, Dr Michael Wilks, said, ``I think it is unwise of the Home Secretary to raise the spectre of vigilantism because that in itself is quite likely to produce that result.'' Dr Wilks, who is also chairman of the British Medical Association's ethics committee, added, ``From a health point of view, we call for a combined Home Office and health department approach to the care of asylum seekers.
In an interview with The Financial Times, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah calls for a more effective and balanced US and European role to shore up a precarious Israeli-Palestinian truce and warns that an escalation of violence will raise the spectre of terrorism or war in the region.
The employers' body also said Chancellor Gordon Brown must not raise the spectre of further business tax increases in next month's pre-budget report.