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To be, or to become afraid or frightened

scare

verb

to become frightened or worried

be/live in dread of

to be continuously afraid of someone or something

panic

verb

to have a sudden strong feeling of fear or worry and be unable to think clearly or calmly or decide what to do

have a horror of (doing) something

to be very frightened of something

take fright

to be suddenly frightened by something and want to get away from it

live in fear (of)

to be afraid of something or someone all the time

quail

verb

to be very afraid, often so afraid that your body shakes slightly

quake

verb

to feel so afraid that your body shakes slightly

chicken out

to not do something you were going to do because you are too frightened

fear

verb

to feel worried and afraid that something bad will happen or has already happened

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