horror story


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.

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Recollections of the horror stories about the treatment of children in detention, and sometimes lengthy stays, have prompted debates in recent weeks among advocates of more lenient immigration policies. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Years of backlash: Obama policy on illegal immigrants' children was also slammed by critics," 18 June 2018 Everyone has some version of a horror story related to flying. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The magic and horror of air travel," 12 July 2018 How to avoid getting dinged when renting a car Wochit How's this one for a summer vacation horror story? Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Car rental customers: Watch your mail for this unexpected bill," 6 June 2018 My grandmother shared horror stories about how she and her peers were treated by their white counterparts. Preston Mitchum, The Root, "Brown v. Board of Education,," 17 May 2018 Chris Ottinger’s first Cowtown marathon last year might be better told through a horror story called It. John Henry, star-telegram, "Repeat horror story not a concern for this Cowtown ambassador," 8 Feb. 2018 All the mechanisms whirring to keep this sweaty little Southern horror story going will likely lead Sharp Objects to the type of Emmy’s domination the Big Little Lies crew enjoyed last year. refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects Review: It’s Exactly What You Need During The Big Little Lies Drought," 5 July 2018 Ellis said scores of landowners testified in favor of the change and told legislators horror stories about dealing with people trespassing and abusing their land. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "Headed outdoors? Make sure you know about Idaho's new trespassing law," 9 July 2018 Williams had heard horror stories about recovering from shoulder surgery — and like most people, understood that a torn rotator cuff meant his options were limited. Elise Riley, azcentral, "Raise your hand," 2 July 2018

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1937, in the meaning defined above

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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