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Language: Old English
Origin: fyrhto

fright

noun
     
fright
1 [singular, uncountable] a sudden feeling of fear:
You gave me such a fright creeping up on me like that!
get/have a fright
I got an awful fright when I realised how much money I owed.
with fright
He was shaking with fright.
in fright
Several of the children cried out in fright.
2

take fright

to be very afraid of something, especially so that you run away from it or do not do something that you were going to do:
The bird took fright and flew away.
She had promised to marry him, but took fright at the last moment.
3

look a fright

old-fashioned to look untidy or unattractive

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