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- To make a threat against someone; to use threats.
1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Hocussing of Cigarette:
- No one, however, would have anything to do with him, as Mr. Keeson's orders in those respects were very strict ; he had often threatened any one of his employés with instant dismissal if he found him in company with one of these touts.
- He threatened me with a knife.
- To menace, or be dangerous.
- The rocks threatened the ship's survival.
- To portend, or give a warning of.
- The black clouds threatened heavy rain.
to make a threat against someone; to use threats
to menace, or be dangerous
to portend, or give a warning
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