threat (noun) LISTEN
A threat is a sign or warning of trouble or danger.
- The threat of war was evident in the late 1930s.
- The journalist received death threats after she wrote her expose.
- The threat of a teachers' strike was a negotiating tool for the labor union.
Don't confuse it with
thread: a thin, fine cord of fiber used for sewing. Example: “Charlie used a needle and thread to sew a button on his shirt.”
triple threat: an entertainer who can sing, dance and act. Example: “We need a triple threat to star in the new musical comedy.”
threaten: to promise to do harm to someone. Example: “The gangster threatened to hurt Ted’s family if he didn’t cooperate.”
In pop culture
Listen to Iggy Pop sing “Neighborhood Threat” and read the lyrics in the comments.