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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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Thus, Marx's specter never goes away because it always has something to tell us.
By moving from one party to another, Specter is reminiscent of Senator Joe Lieberman, who used to be a Democrat until his party forsook him in Connecticut, where he ran for the elections as an independent, and garnered the support of the Israel lobby and enough funding to win.
The immediate question is whether other Republicans will follow Specter out the door.
Harry Reid, the Democratic senate majority leader, praised Specter as a "a man of honour and integrity and a fine public servant" and welcomed him to the party.
Still, Specter didn't promise to be any more loyal to his new crew than he was to the GOP.
Specter said he understood the controversy did not compare to the CIA's recent destruction of interrogation tapes, but nonetheless it was important.
While it seems many Republicans are falling all over themselves to establish their conservative pedigrees, Specter broke from the party line several times and wasn't afraid to criticize the evolution of the GOP and its tactics, stressing that there's room for plenty for differing viewpoints in the party.
Specter has worked tirelessly to promote stem cell research, believing that the advancements made through such research have the potential to provide cures to many disabling diseases.
Specter told the gathering that the two "went to the wall" to secure the federal grant, and that "we're prepared to go to the wall again and again and again.
Specter looks like he will be at the center of a showdown between Log Cabin and the Stonewall Democrats, which is supporting upstart challenger Rep.
With his enthusiastic endorsement of pro-choice stalwart Arlen Specter, R-Pa.
Specter has never been a favorite of liberals--many of whom refuse to forgive or forget his inappropriately brutal questioning of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.
We are honored and grateful to bestow Jeffrey's "Dare to Dream" award to Senator Arlen Specter and his wife Joan," says Vicki Modell.
She wrote the office of Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.
Specter also told Labor Secretary Elaine Chao that he questioned procedures used by the Labor Department to investigate the accident, particularly why an attorney for Black Wolf was present while miners were questioned by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).