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threat

noun [C] uk   /θret/ us  
B2 a suggestion that something unpleasant or violent will happen, especially if a particular action or order is not followed: [+ to infinitive] She carried out her threat to throw away any clothes that were left on the floor. The threat of jail failed to deter him from petty crime. Drunken drivers pose a serious threat (= cause a lot of harm) to other road users. He says he'll tell the authorities but it's just an empty threat (= it will not happen).be under threat of sth to be in a situation where people are threatening you with something bad or unpleasant: She left the country under threat of arrest if she returned.
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in Korean 협박, 위험…
in Arabic تَهْديد…
in French menace…
in Turkish tehdit, gözdağı, tehlike…
in Italian minaccia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 威脅,恐嚇…
in Russian угроза, опасность…
in Polish pogróżka, zagrożenie, groźba…
in Spanish amenaza…
in Portuguese ameaça…
in German die Drohung, die Gefahr, die Bedrohung…
in Catalan amenaça…
in Japanese 脅迫, 脅し…
in Chinese (Simplified) 威胁,恐吓…
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