from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. in apprehension lest.


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  • May and Kitty wove along the Trans-Realm Floatway, which hugged its outermost curves, May carefully steering the bike, her brows knitted in concentration, for fear that they would tumble over the side and fall into the dark waters below.

    May Bird, Warrior Princess

  • Then, when cutting resumed, the gardeners were enlightened enough simply to follow the surreal organic forms that had mushroomed around the castle gardens, climbing 52-foot wooden ladders and cutting the yews single-handed with slashers, for fear of letting go of the rungs at such a height to use shears.


  • “No farmer will fell the forest around it for fear of angering the lemures.”

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Having been allowed by Rome, for fear of a vacancy, to choose and consecrate a coadjutor with future succession, he consecrated in 1772 the Bishop of Doryln and gave him authority in 1784.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • He said the most awesome words to me—words that I would be embarrassed to print here for fear that prying, inquiring minds might suggest that I am immodest in my old age.

    Roseanne Archy

  • Maureen had picked out a larger piece shaped like a lumberjack and treasured it as a personal gift from the doctor, never eating it, instead keeping it on a shelf in her locker until it turned rockhard and white at the edges and she finally wrapped it in a piece of Kleenex and threw it out for fear of it attracting ants into the sterile building.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • Somehow, I understood that Zsuzsi Kalmar could not reciprocate my visit to her home for fear of being contaminated by us.

    Enemies of the People

  • The grease-stained men who worked at Metal Craft were afraid to walk out into the gravel yard for fear of being shot.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • All the while the carriage listed violently, first to one side and then to the other, and with each juddering encounter with a pothole the passengers braced themselves for fear of overturning.


  • “We have a situation,” Tyler said, deliberately not using the word bomb for fear of panicking those around him.

    The Ark


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