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chilling effect

a discouraging or deterring effect, especially one resulting from a restrictive law or regulation.
Origin of chilling effect
First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The rifle-pits had a chilling effect upon the fine dreams in which his fancy had indulged.

    The Young Lieutenant Oliver Optic
  • His theory was that by becoming more or less vertical at night the leaves escape the chilling effect of radiation.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • Lady Aurora surprised one of these glances, and saw its chilling effect.

  • “There is a forlorn hopefulness in your tone, sir, that has a chilling effect upon me,” said Dick.

    A Nest of Linnets Frank Frankfort Moore
  • There was a ghostlike, chilling effect that left him uneasy.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson

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