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spook

1. A ghost or spirit, especially one that is or seems malicious. Primarily heard in US. My grandfather says this old house is filled with all manner of spooks, but I don't believe in that sort of thing.
2. slang An undercover intelligence agent; a spy. Primarily heard in US. I worked as a spook in that country for nearly 40 years, gathering intel on every aspect of the government's operations. Everyone knows there are spooks in our country, just like we have spooks countries all over the world.
3. offensive slang A derogatory term for a black person. Primarily heard in US.
4. verb To startle, unnerve, or unsettle someone or something. Sorry, I didn't mean to spook you! Something in these woods has spooked the horses. I can barely keep them under control! The company's downward revision of their expected sales seems to have spooked investors, as stock prices dropped by nearly 4 points this morning.

spooked

mod. frightened or startled. The guy looked sort of spooked. He was sweating and panting like someone had scared him to death.
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"Spooked" script was suggested by the real-life case of Paul White, an Auckland computer dealer who unwittingly acquired Citibank records during a purchase of used computer equipment, resulting in a legal battle over ownership of the in formation--and his own death in a mysterious, "Silkwood"-esque 1991 car accident on the Auckland Harbor Bridge.
In "Spooked," White becomes Kevin (Christopher Hobbs), who, not realizing the sensitivity of the info he's stumbled across, attempts to sell the records back to the bank fur a $50,000 finder's fee.
3) Pamela gets spooked easily, so she can't be the lead or end camel.
While taking advantage of an extended season opportunity to harvest a doe, and after being covered up with them, they suddenly spooked. To my amazement at about 5 p.m.
They were called in by spooked out bar staff with tales of strange goings-on in the venue since it opened last year.
He was an unforgettable character who unbelievably, was 70 years old when he spooked my deer, and according to those who knew him, it wasn't by accident.
My brother had seen the deer about five minutes before me, but spooked the buck causing him to change direction and head right for me.