scare story


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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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Then there is the scare story of being an immigrant in Cyprus outside the EU.
Sales of canned salmon appear unaffected by the recent scare story about Scottish farmed fish.
He has published an absurd scare story about nanotechnology.
8, 2002, Miller hasn't heard a scare story about Iraq that she didn't believe - especially if it was leaked by her friends at the White House," recalls MacArthur.
The euro, once a software scare story on par with Y2K, is no longer a big issue for finance directors who are buying or upgrading their systems, according to a Financial Management survey of major suppliers at the Softworld accounting and finance show.
I did think this was just a scare story blown out of proportion until I started to talk to people who know about it.
By chemo-phobia I mean the predisposition to believe any scare story about hazards to health or the environment caused by the chemical industry or its products.
THE scare story that first emerged in 1998 about the MMR vaccine had no basis in fact or science.
Mr Haggie says that "potentially, global warming is the most catastrophic scare story in history".
ALL political parties saw the Jacqui Smith story as a possible can of worms about to open, then salvation - swine flu in Mexico, a good scare story to occupy the minds of the general public.
I WAS hoping Monday's ECHO headline which read 'We've Caught A Shark In The Mersey' was actually a well orchestrated scare story placed by someone in the office.
LATEST EU scare story - there's a desperate shortage of Scottish mince.
Club spokesman Paul Tyrrell said: "This is the worst type of scare story which shows a lack of editorial integrity from the programme makers.
SIR; Despite the banner headlines of last week's scare story, consumers, retailers, scientists and a wide range of chefs and celebrities continue to support Scottish Quality Salmon (SQS) at the tills, in print and on the airwaves.
Is the global warming theory the biggest and most expensive scare story of them all?
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