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noun fright pronunciation in British English /fraɪt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an experience that makes you feel suddenly afraid

    I got such a fright when Joe burst through the door.

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to give you a fright.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] a sudden strong feeling of being afraid

      I nearly died of fright when I heard his voice behind me.

  2. 2
    [countable] informal old-fashioned someone or something that looks very untidy

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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