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menace

noun     /ˈmen.ɪs/
[C usually singular] something that is likely to cause harm: Drunk drivers are a menace to everyone. Dogs running loose are a public menace. the menace of industrial pollutionDangers and threats [U] a dangerous quality that makes you think someone is going to do something bad: He had a slight air of menace which I found unsettling. He spoke with a hint of menace.Dangers and threats [C] informal a person, especially a child, who is very annoyingUnpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men demand money with menaces UK specialized to demand money using threats: He was accused of unlawfully demanding money with menaces.Dangers and threats
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