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Millions watched in horror as the disaster unfolded on TV.
the horrors of war
The full horror of last night had come rushing back.
a little horror
He had a horror of being in a confined space.
She was wearing – horror of horrors! – the same dress as her mum.
To my horror, he lost his footing and fell to the bottom of the stairs.
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a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents
a large cake decorated or filled with sweet foods such as fruit, cream, and chocolate
to gossip or share personal information with someone …
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Definition of horror from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.