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  • adjective Suggesting imminent harm.
  • adjective Threatening.
  • verb Present participle of menace.

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  • adjective threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments


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  • She heard his jaw pop into place as he loomed closer, his expression menacing.

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  • She heard his jaw pop into place as he loomed closer, his expression menacing.

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  • James Mason, smoothly menacing, is the bad guy, and Eva Marie Saint the cool Hitchcock blonde with uncertain loyalties.

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  • For the past two years, demonstrators wearing combat boots, many with their faces concealed by hoods, scarves or sunglasses, have regularly marched through Grafenberg holding burning torches and beating drums in menacing scenes that evoke Nazi-era rallies.

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  • “The street activity often results in menacing interaction with members of the public and has been known to be aggressive and persistent at times,” the petition states.

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  • Picture of Sweet Baby James at play: Godzilla today, arms stiffly outstretched, legs march forward in menacing, Japanese slow motion.

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  • (Clasps fingers in menacing, Mr. Burns-esque fashion) ...

    Your Right Hand Thief 2008

  • Slightly menacing is the smell of the fire on the rocky hillside above my house, where slash and burn agriculture is still practiced.

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  • Two states of the greatest magnitude, both eventually armed with the deadliest weapons ever manufactured for war, confronted each other in menacing guise surrounded by their allies.

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  • The time when in proud and happy security we assembled at this cottage, was gone -- soon the present hours would join those past, and shadows of future ones rose dark and menacing from the womb of time, their cradle and their bier.

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