horror story

noun

Definition of horror story

: an account of an unsettling or unfortunate occurrence heard horror stories about recent layoffs also : something unsettling or unfortunate his childhood was a horror story

Examples of horror story in a Sentence

We've all heard horror stories about airlines losing people's luggage. Her childhood was a horror story.

Recent Examples on the Web

Laura Hudson, culture editor: There’s no shortage of haunted house tales or body-horror stories about distorting and violating the human form. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 The Dream, a Stitcher podcast hosted and produced by the Hairpin and This American Life alum Jane Marie, has plenty of juicy seller horror stories. Zan Romanoff, Vox, "What we get wrong about multilevel marketing, explained by the host of the popular podcast about it," 30 Nov. 2018 The scenes frequently have the feel of horror stories. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Union of Death and Desire," 22 Nov. 2018 The resulting collection of episodes spans horror stories and love stories and even a sports movie. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Room 104," 20 Nov. 2018 Your kid should be spared the office-politics horror stories and commentary on a looming mega-depression. Valerie Frankel, Good Housekeeping, "Answering the Trickiest Questions," 8 June 2012 The past few months have brought a hurricane of horror stories about social media sites gone haywire. Carlos Maza, Vox, "Why every social media site is a dumpster fire," 21 Sep. 2018 Numerous media reports have highlighted horror stories of unwanted pregnancies after users were seduced by the idea of a hormone and latex-free contraceptive. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval," 15 Aug. 2018 The betrayal encouraged contributors to come forward with horror stories about being forced to write for BGN gratis, often for weeks, before getting paid laughably meager rates and barely receiving any editing or feedback on their efforts. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "How the first Wakandacon escaped the fan convention curse," 13 Aug. 2018

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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horror story

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horror story

: a story about an actual event or experience that is very unpleasant

: an experience that is very unpleasant

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