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noun [countable] nightmare pronunciation in British English /ˈnaɪtˌmeə(r)/
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  1. 1
    an extremely difficult or frightening situation
    The journey to work was a nightmare.
    nightmare of: The company now faces the nightmare of bankruptcy.
    absolute nightmare: Heavy rain made playing conditions an absolute nightmare.
    administrative/bureaucratic etc nightmare: The new tax has been a bureaucratic nightmare.
    someone’s worst nightmare: The situation on the roads that day was every driver’s worst nightmare.
    nightmare scenario (=the worst possible situation that you can imagine): If this computer system fails, this could turn into a nightmare scenario.
  2. 2
    a very frightening and unpleasant dream
    nightmare about: I still have terrible nightmares about the crash.

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