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English definition of “horror story”

horror story

noun [C]    
a story in which very frightening and unnatural things happenAccounts and storiesSummaries and summarising a report of real events in which things have gone very wrong: the usual travel horror stories about delays at the airport and flight cancellationsAccounts and storiesSummaries and summarising
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