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menace

noun uk   /ˈmen.ɪs/ us  
[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 pollution [U] a dangerous quality that makes you think someone is going to do something bad: He had a slight air of menace which made me uneasy. He spoke with a hint of menace. [C] mainly UK informal a person, especially a child, who is very annoyingdemand money with menaces UK specialized to demand money using threats: He was accused of unlawfully demanding money with menaces.

menace

verb [T] uk   /ˈmen.ɪs/ formal us  
If someone or something menaces a person or thing, he, she, or it threatens seriously to harm it: Hurricane Hugo menaced the eastern coast for a week.
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