a sudden attack of fear
- panic attack
sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events
"panic in the stock market"
"a war scare"
"a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building"
cause to lose courage
"dashed by the refusal"
- scare off - frighten off - scare away - frighten away
cause fear in
"The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"
"Ghosts could never affright her"