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fright

[AS. fryhto]
Extreme sudden fear.
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Investors are taking fright - money talks loudly when compensation bills threaten to replace profits.
Available data on lamb purchases and spending do not yet show evidence of consumers taking fright at suggestions BSE might have spread to sheep, but trade gossip following the fiasco of DEFRA's scientific advisors failing to distinguish between bovine and ovine brains reveals fears demand at the checkout will be eroded.
She says the monkey, called Tuku, vanished after taking fright during filming of the Lost World TV series in New Zealand.