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  • v  cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned
  • v  change into stone
  • v  make rigid and set into a conventional pattern
  • s  paralyzing with terror

  • The maneuver was designed to evade any terrorist attack by surface-to-air missiles, and executed to petrifying perfection by former South African air force pilots flying smaller .
  • As in his previous crime writings (Here's To Crime, Ten Thousand Public Enemies), he is a powerful and even petrifying publicist.
  • So Christy Brown had a head start in his battle against petrifying cerebral palsy.
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  • Dog talk has countless benefits
    I’ve always wanted to learn a new language, something like Arabic, Chinese or ancient Greek, to keep my middle-aged brain from petrifying. So in the interests of staying mentally alert, I bought a book titled, “How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication.”
    June 6, 2013 - Stratford Star

  • Bob Geldof in Pollstar
    There's never going to be a Live Aid II,Geldof said at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards ceremony in London, "but there's something brewing. It's big. And it's as petrifying as the build up to Live Aid, if not more so," he said....
  • Midge Ure in NMC NewsStream
    Ure added, "We'll have all the big names we can find. It's big, and it's as petrifying as the build-up to Live Aid, if not more so."
  • Joe Bugel in Winston-Salem Journal (registration)
    It's kind of petrifying,said Joe Bugel, the assistant head coach of the offense. "I look at our great quarterback ...... we can't afford to get him hit like that."

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