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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He is wrong in my opinion to raise the spectre of George Orwell's dystopia 1984.
Asylum Coalition spokesman Dr Michael Wilks, said: "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.
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.
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.