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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
That same God has made her experience, six different times, the worst nightmare for any parent — burying your own child.
My fear is to try and expand it from now until September could be a nightmare.
Other than saying the full name of the wrong player, this is probably the worst nightmare of everyone who has ever announced the name of a pick at any sports draft.
While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.
And rapid iteration is a nightmare for suppliers, Shook added.
Building housing for a rapidly expanding city can be a nightmare.
Every expectant mother’s worst nightmare became a reality for Jessica Bachus, 40, on January 23, 2007 — her second daughter Kenzi was stillborn at just 24 weeks.
In the worst nightmare imaginable, the car continued on for about 350 feet, dragging the stroller, eventually crossing the median lines and crunching into a parked car.
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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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