Republican Party leaders will go from spooked to something approaching outright panic.
Gingrich's rise in the polls has Romney spooked, and it showed at tonight's debate.
So why are Democrats spooked by a 41-year-old attorney general from New Hampshire?
Opponents might get spooked and cave, in which case the White House would have a nice victory to pocket.
I remember Lucille Ball once came to our house, to a party, and I kind of spooked her by my seriousness.
Or perhaps when I dropped the word “legal,” the people behind WeedPortal.com got spooked.
Global corporate investors, whose intellectual capital is crucial for Israeli entrepreneurship, will be spooked.
Takeovers of foreign companies and government intervention in the markets have spooked investors, hollowing out key industries.
He spooked at imagined noises and thudding rain and the dry creaking of the old house as he toweled off and dressed.
Jed looked quickly at Cal when he told him how the colonists had spooked, bolted in panic.
1801, from Dutch spook, from Middle Dutch spooc "spook, ghost," from a common Germanic source (cf. German Spuk "ghost, apparition," Middle Low German spok "spook," Swedish spok "scarecrow," Norwegian spjok "ghost, specter," Danish spøg "joke"), of unknown origin. Possible outside connections include Lettish spigana "dragon, witch," spiganis "will o' the wisp," Lithuanian spingu, spingeti "to shine," Old Prussian spanksti "spark."
Meaning "undercover agent" is attested from 1942. The derogatory racial sense of "black person" is attested from 1940s, perhaps from notion of dark skin being difficult to see at night. Black pilots trained at Tuskegee Institute during World War II called themselves the Spookwaffe.
1867, "to walk or act like a ghost," from spook (n.). Meaning "to unnerve" is from 1935. Related: Spooked; spooking.
Frightened, startled; in a panic (1937+)
To put on edge; make apprehensive; frighten: ''It's the first time in my life I've ever been spooked,'' says a Byrd staffer (1935+)