Meaning of “horror story” in the English Dictionary

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"horror story" in British English

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horror storynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhɒr.ə ˌstɔː.ri/ us /ˈhɔːr.ɚ ˌstɔːr.i/

a story in which very frightening and unnatural things happen

a report of real events in which things have gone very wrong:

(Definition of “horror story” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"horror story" in American English

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horror storynoun [ C ]

us /ˈhɔr·ər ˌstɔr·i, ˈhɑr·ər, ˌstoʊr·i/

a situation that someone tells you about in which something bad happens:

I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about people driving their car and suddenly the steering wheel won’t turn.

(Definition of “horror story” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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