take fright

idiom

: to suddenly become afraid
I approached very slowly, but the hawk took fright and flew away.
Investors took fright at the news and pulled their money.

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Recent Examples on the Web That inflationary hit could be compounded if investors take fright and sell the pound, putting additional upward pressure on import costs. Joe Mayes, Bloomberg.com, 16 Oct. 2020

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“Take fright.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20fright. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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