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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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One of the scare stories was that there would be a hard border between Scotland and England.
Time to ignore all these scare stories WE should realise that the present era/ decade of 'project fear' and 'fake news',' also includes the recent batch of fake 'old wives' tales'; the latest to be dispproved (by another group of eggheads) is that Coffee does not in fact impact on our quality of sleep!
Jeff Harries Llandaff, Cardiff We are still being fed scare stories I WONDERED recently if I was seeing the same Data Graphic in the Echo (August 3) as the journalist commenting on it.
THOUSANDS of Birmingham children have missed out on vaccine jabs due to unfounded 'scare stories.'.
I see the remainers are at it again with their scare stories. I refer to Craig Harrison writing on January 29 about all the companies and businesses starting to relocate because of Brexit.
He said quitting the EU with no deal would "work just fine" and scare stories about food and drug shortages were "idiotic".
Such "scare stories" are circulating on the Internet for several years now, only names of towns and time are changed," the statement said.
ENOUGH with the NHS scare stories regarding the SNP.
Climate scare stories AT last a world leader has had the courage to stand up against manipulated world opinion and announce that "the Emperor has no clothes" - ie that global warming and the rest of the Green scare-stories have little or no substance.
If all the scare stories were true, EU citizens would be racing back to the bosom of the EU, where no doubt, they'd be welcomed with open arms!
In fact, it is likely that all of the scare stories that were fed to us during the campaign will come to nothing and the life of this country will move forward much better than it has done while we were shackled to this awful European Union.
Both are promoting scare stories but do both parties have a hidden agenda?
THE scare stories about the loss of jobs here in the UK if we leave the EU are just that - scare stories.
The IVF expert, Lord Winston, is afraid that much of the egg-freezing industry's appeal is based on scare stories about a crisis of infertility.
These predictions released to the media in October saw many scare stories accompanied with pictures of people trekking through snow and blizzards, causing hysteria about soaring energy bills in the long months of sub-zero temperatures.
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