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  1. 1
    likely to be harmed or damaged
    come under threat (=start being under threat):

    These developments meant that the peace effort came under threat.

  2. 2
    because of being threatened
    under threat of:

    Any contract made under threat of violence is not legal.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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