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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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You see a lot of familiar things but the levels feel designed around Specter Knight.
Specter died at a time when approval ratings for Congress were in a deep trough and seem unlikely to rise significantly any time soon.
(30) All these thinkers seek to keep Marx alive and argue that there is something in Marx's oeuvre which has something to say to the present, or as Derrida puts it, acts as a specter haunting the present.
Specter has represented Israel in the Senate for 30 years.
Specter is one of most fascinating members of Congress: erudite and effective, but also expedient.
With Specter's party switch, labor's advocacy efforts have increased.
"I welcome Senator Specter and his moderate voice to our diverse caucus, and to continuing our open and honest debate about the best way to make life better for the American people," Reid said in a statement.
Still, Specter didn't promise to be any more loyal to his new crew than he was to the GOP.
Specter is likely to be no more loyal a Democrat than he was a Republican.
"We may need to modify our antitrust laws to stop the credit card companies from engaging in collusive or conspiratorial activities to gouge and jack up the prices," Specter was quoted as saying in a report by a local ABC affiliate.
With a dose of dry, self-effacing humor, Specter was candid and earnest as he discussed topics ranging from President Bush's controversial handling of enemy combatants to Capitol Hill dinner parties.
This year, Specter and Harkin introduced an amendment to the federal budget bill for fiscal year 2007 that would add $7 billion for vital federal health and education programs.
During the congressional hearing, Specter asked Zerhouni to clarify the moral objection to research on stem cells derived from embryos left over from fertility treatments, which are destined to be destroyed anyway.
Specter was "wetting his pants" over the Club's support for Congressman Pat Toomey in the Pennsylvania Republican primary and claimed that he would soon have Specter's "scalp" on his wall (a particularly ill-considered remark since Specter had temporarily lost his hair a few years earlier while undergoing treatment for brain cancer).
Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum announced a $4-million federal grant award for the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity to operate a job-training program.