chilling effect


noun

a discouraging or deterring effect, especially one resulting from a restrictive law or regulation.

Nearby words

  1. chilli con carne,
  2. chilli powder,
  3. chilli sauce,
  4. chillicothe,
  5. chilling,
  6. chillingly,
  7. chilliwack,
  8. chillon,
  9. chillum,
  10. chilly

Origin of chilling effect

First recorded in 1965–70

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