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Examples of nightmare in a Sentence
Mommy, I had a really scary nightmare.
The party was a complete nightmare.
Recent Examples of nightmare from the Web
Dying Light 2 is massive, four times the size of the city in the original, and every building and darkened corner is packed full of nightmares waiting to be unleashed on you when the sun sets.
Not only were the RG website and app a disaster, their highlights on Youtube were a nightmare.
Indeed—if 2017 was a windfall for Bitcoin owners, 2018 has so far been a nightmare.
But for people in charge of priceless works of art, tape is a nightmare.
The Browns could have taken Bradley Chubb, picked one spot later by the Denver Broncos, and paired him with Myles Garrett to create nightmares for opposing quarterbacks.
Chapter 7: In a Lonely Place The episode opens up with Jughead having a nightmare about a twisted version of his life where everyone has turned into weird robots.
On Sunday, Facebook took the unusual step of buying full page ads in several prominent U.S. and British newspapers in an effort to combat the PR nightmare.
There are 49 Senators who support legislation designed to end this nightmare for immigrant families.
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Did You Know?
Looking at nightmare, you might guess that it is a compound formed from night and mare. If so, your guess is correct. But while the night in nightmare makes sense, the mare part is less obvious. Most English speakers know mare as a word for a female horse or similar equine animal, but the mare of nightmare is a different word, an obsolete one referring to an evil spirit that was once thought to produce feelings of suffocation in people while they slept. By the 14th century the mare was also known as a nightmare, and by the late 16th century nightmare was also being applied to the feelings of distress caused by the spirit, and then to frightening or unpleasant dreams.
NIGHTMARE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nightmare for English Language Learners
: a dream that frightens a sleeping person : a very bad dream
: a very bad or frightening experience or situation
NIGHTMARE Defined for Kids
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