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take fright

To become very frightened or startled (by something). Often followed by "at (something)." Investors began pulling their funds from the company, having taken fright at the allegations against its CEO. As the thunder cracked overhead, the horse took fright and threw its rider to the ground.
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take ˈfright (at something)

(written) be frightened by something: The horse took fright and galloped off as the car passed.
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Some of the many vagrant cats who were always prowling about there by night, and who had taken fright at him, appeared to have stopped when he had stopped, and were looking at him with eyes by no means unlike his own from tops of walls and porches, and other safe points of pause.
She had taken fright at our behaviour and turned to the captain pitifully.
With all the fireworks going off locally over the weekend, it may have taken fright.
Fifty-four per cent of children born here are to unmarried mothers, who either can't read contraceptive packets or have been abandoned by men who've taken fright after leg-overs have led to pregnancies.
Investors have taken fright over the agitation against Sharif, who won a decisive victory in May 2013 elections, the first democratic transition in Pakistan's turbulent history.
Would-be new owner Massimo Cellino looked to have taken fright over Friday's 'sacking' of boss Brian McDermott before any deal had been finalised, let alone ratified by the Football League.
After two years of forecasting the ultimate demise of the Assad regime, many of these pundits have taken fright at the recent modest gains of the Assad regime.
He confirmed: "We have already won a few of their development sites where construction hasn't started and the landlords have taken fright.
SIR - While pleased that Cardiff council is thinking of going for a "rapid transit" system in the city, I was disappointed to see that they have taken fright of trying to get "proper" trams - and are plumping for what is still a bus system ("pounds 30m tram-bus proposal to bring relief to capital's heart", Dec 22).
WHILE pleased that Cardiff Council is thinking of going for a "rapid transit" system in the city, I was disappointed to see they have taken fright of trying to get "proper" trams - and are plumping for what is still a bus system ("pounds 30m cross-city rapid transit plan", December 22).
Insurance companies have long taken fright, with money set aside for settling asbestos claims already making inroads into their balance sheets.
Insurers have been under pressure as the market has taken fright over their investment portfolios and effects of potential bond defaults.
Staff had taken fright when they noticed Fitzpatrick-Hartley produce the gun from his trousers outside the supermarket and play around with it while drunk.
Deutsche Bank said investors have taken fright at the perceived risk that Computacenter will lose the BT business.
Rare newts in the local stream have taken fright and fled, and many birds too have flown, reducing the dawn chorus to a minor key in this essential residential area.