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threatnoun [C]

uk   /θret/ us   /θret/
B2 a suggestion that something unpleasant or violent will happen, especially if a particular action or order is not followed: [+ to infinitive] Her parents carried out their threat to take away her mobile phone if her grades didn't improve. 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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"threat" in American English

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threatnoun

us   /θret/
  • threat noun (PROMISE TO HURT)

[C] a statement that someone will be hurt or harmed, esp. if the person does not do something in particular: She was fired after making threats to her co-workers.
  • threat noun (UNWANTED POSSIBILITY)

[C/U] the possibility that something unwanted will happen, or a person or thing that is likely to cause something unwanted to happen: [U] A threat of rain is in today’s forecast. [U] The boundary dispute raised the threat of war.
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