How To Use Afraid In A Sentence

  • He was afraid of waking up in the morning and finding that Jessie was dead.
  • I was talking to a mom today whose daughter's elementary teacher said she was afraid that her daughter had "selective mutism. canard - French Word-A-Day
  • They run out of beer by about 7pm so we then turned to the wine, which I'm afraid would have stripped the paint off any wall.
  • Here's a good one - a survey to see if birds are afraid of heights or get jet lag on long flights. The Sun
  • I am afraid to lose, I fear this time, and I love it but memories. I could not forget the sweat on the pitch with the sway of the brothers, forget accompany me cry close friend, and forget the bright Star of that everynight, and those words have touched me deeply.
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  • They were afraid the dam wouldn't hold.
  • He is a man with a reputation for being tough and unafraid of unpopular decisions.
  • Which of course explains why Bush is afraid to drive by motorcade through Washington DC but does it in Bagdad … oh wait … Think Progress » Rep. King: My Wife ‘Is At Far Greater Risk Being a Civilian In D.C. Than An Average Civilian In Iraq’
  • We hope to grow old, yet we fear old age; that is, we are willing to live, and afraid to die. 
  • I have seen human bathers acting just like the birds, though from a different cause, bobbing down towards the water, but afraid to dip their heads, and the idea of comicality arose, as it does in most of the ludicrous actions of animals, from their resemblance to those of mankind. The Naturalist in Nicaragua
  • I'm afraid I've let the garden go to pot this summer.
  • After her 19th birthday her thrice - divorced manager, afraid that her encroaching adulthood might impede her careerist progress, began to woo her.
  • I'm afraid I'm no weather prophet.
  • And now he called Ahithophel, and consulted with him what he ought to do: he persuaded him to go in unto his father's concubines; for he said that "by this action the people would believe that thy difference with thy father is irreconcilable, and will thence fight with great alacrity against thy father, for hitherto they are afraid of taking up open enmity against him, out of an expectation that you will be reconciled again. Antiquities of the Jews
  • I am afraid we are not at liberty to disclose that information.
  • The captain, having lost two brave fellows of his troop, was afraid of diminishing it too much by pursuing this plan to get information of the residence of their plunderer.
  • I was afraid of starting a slide of loose stones.
  • He doesn't want to get married because he is afraid of any commitments.
  • A bloodless revolution is possible, but only if it's supported by a clear majority of the populace, who are no longer afraid to say what they think for fear of being shot.
  • John, mum, I beg of you; for 'is temper's rather short at times, mum, thro' boin 'asmatic and the rheumatiz, though you wouldn't think it to look at' im, that you wouldn't; an 'I'm reely afraid, mum, he might get angry if anybody was to holler' im anythink for Philistia
  • I'm afraid that's my training; always reconnoitre thoroughly. THE GWEN JOHN SCULPTURE
  • I'm afraid I can't give you a general overview of the situation.I can only offer you a worm's-eye view that is based on my own experience.
  • Fortunately, she was lapping the soup up with great neatness and delicacy, which was sort of a relief: Jinx had been afraid she was going to slop it all over the table.
  • Letters were piled up behind the door, but no food or drink was found in the flat and it is feared she may have starved to death after becoming too afraid to go outside.
  • It's all well and good for some to say that it's wrong for children to be advised to hit back, but I'm afraid I'd rather my son or daughter protected themselves against a pasting from a bully rather than wait for a teacher to come to their aid. Crib sheet 19.10.10
  • Well, I am afraid the crusade was rather a fizzer.
  • I'm afraid George Cole came off worst from our partnership in Minder.
  • She is also unafraid of speaking out on her favourite causes.
  • She also queried whether youngsters were being 'cocooned' by over-protective parents afraid that they would come to harm if they went outside the back-garden. Home | Mail Online
  • Lovers of the team and the game and unafraid of admiring the opposition.
  • Noblemen weren't supposed to be afraid of such things, but that didn't change the fact that the deep, caliginous mist was just plain creepy. Mistborn
  • And there are symbolic margins along which men get a worse deal than 100 years ago - modern males are probably more afraid to make sexist remarks within earshot of their wives. Are Husbands Really Like Potatoes?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
  • I'm afraid that these troubles are just a prelude , ie to worse ones.
  • But she's the one who always wanted to be a writer, and kept postponing it because she was too chicken-hearted, afraid she would fail. THE SAVING GRACES
  • I'm afraid to say whilst there are some good landlords and landladies in town, there are also some who need to stop looking so miserable, put a smile on their face and start offering a genuine welcome along with some value for money
  • I've just let things slide, I'm afraid.
  • The mother is very much afraid for her son who is seriously ill.Sentencedict
  • Excuse me, but I'm afraid this is a no-smoking area.
  • He should be very afraid, closeted queenie that he is. Think Progress » Virginia attorney general instructs state colleges to stop protecting gay students from discrimination.
  • They are afraid of incriminating themselves and say no more than is necessary.
  • Despite my obvious affinity with the man, I'm afraid I haven't been able to acheive a telepathic connection to ask him who he is.
  • If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid. Paulo Coelho 
  • Humans are too afraid to accept the truth that they're not the only creatures inhabiting this small planet.
  • God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. Voltaire 
  • Men aren't afraid to be soft, girly and foppish and celebrate the inner life.
  • He's afraid of losing customers/that he might lose customers.
  • If he were not afraid of him he would long ago have evicted him from the dosshouse. Creatures That Once Were Men, and other stories
  • A pay rise is not within the realms of possibility, I'm afraid.
  • It was hard to recover my form, but I'm not afraid to go into tackles any more and I feel great and impatient for the games to come.
  • She was a forceful intellectual unafraid to speak her mind.
  • I'm afraid that what he alludes to is only a possibility among others, and not in my view the most likely one.
  • Stone and Parker are unafraid of lampooning both paranoid megalomania and the inane platitudes of Hollywood superstars.
  • I was afraid of sewing from a pattern when I was a novice seamster, ironically, but now that I sew well, I enjoy using patterns to create more complicated clothing with attractive detailing and sophisticated elements. Oliver + S Releases Free Downloadable Pattern
  • Don't be afraid to haggle: for the moment, it's a buyer's market.
  • I'm afraid words have escaped me, and perhaps it is better as so.
  • Don't be afraid of being happy. You deserve to be happy. RVM 
  • They are afraid that their party will perish as they risk losing the support of both the ‘deep blue’ and pro-localization factions.
  • He had absolute belief in himself and his methods, and wasn't afraid to say so to anybody.
  • It doesn't usually make for either longevity or real quality, and I hope they continue to turn their attentions to the things that truly interest them and remain unafraid to produce smaller, 'humbler' movies. With True Grit, the Coen brothers have given the western back its teeth
  • Everyone is afraid of death, but those suffering from thanatophobia are afraid of the unknown," Ponomaryov explains. Pravda.Ru
  • That's not strictly true, I'm afraid.
  • Don't be afraid to lean. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
  • She crawled away from him so fast he was afraid she would go too far and fall off the bed.
  • A man even admitted to calling in sick yesterday because he was afraid to leave for work in the predawn hours.
  • I turned my head towards aisle three to stare down Vader, but I was afraid of being turned into a pillar of salt so I averted my eyes.
  • The odds of him dying early, of Smith having early onset Alzheimer's Disease, hell, of just getting a minor concussion which he plays through and doesn't dare tell anyone because he's afraid of being fired -- NFL players have the crappiest contracts in all of professional major league sports, not to mention those contracts are year-to-year (if I remember correctly) -- just went sky-fracking-high. Archive 2009-10-01
  • He said he had not been afraid during the sinking because he is a strong swimmer. Times, Sunday Times
  • Has she given her selection the full-on syrup-drowning treatment (not afraid to splurge), or do the scattered half-open jam packets indicate she's a nibbler (delicate, but with a mellow fruity finish)?
  • I'm afraid I can't book you onto that flight?it's full.
  • Banks rely on us being a bit lazy, a bit afraid of change, and a bit ignorant about what is available.
  • The dog that has been beaten with a stick is afraid of its shadow. 
  • Is he afraid we will expose the huge holes in these fatally flawed proposals?
  • Some heads have admitted that they are afraid to use their powers for fear of retribution. Times, Sunday Times
  • He said today he was not afraid of competing with supermarkets but feared the effect on customer choice.
  • The grungy banditos had to escape Blythe, but they were afraid of getting pulled over on the way out of town.
  • Perhaps they are afraid of being ‘politically incorrect’ or offending religious susceptibilities.
  • I know you guys aren't afraid of playing "murderball," but are your families worried about you reinjuring yourself at all? CNN Transcript Aug 3, 2005
  • He climbed to the top of the tree and then became afraid to get down.
  • Do not be afraid to add a little colour and f lair. Times, Sunday Times
  • I know you guys aren't afraid of playing murderball, but are your families worried about you reinjuring yourself at all?
  • Afraid of a plunge into the canal that claimed the immigrants, I always unsnap my seatbelt and roll the window all the way down, this in broad daylight with no one shooting.
  • I'm afraid I'll have to pass on that offer of coffee.
  • I'm not afraid of a fair fight but this is beginning to get beyond a joke.
  • I'm afraid the day of the teacher, the priest and the doctor being the three important people to whom you pay obeisance is not around any longer, certainly not in Europe.
  • I was afraid you might point out inconsistencies, because my memory is a bit foggy, but hey let's call it artistic freedom, right? Belle's story part 1
  • Ask: What afraid of arethusa take to assign name to of all have.
  • I'm afraid he is guilty of a good deal of invention.
  • I was afraid I would lose my daughter in the crush of human bodies.
  • He™d carefully avoided Gareth thus far, afraid the Knight might find out whose slingstone nearly killed him. Chosen Of The Gods
  • Anything that helps expectant mothers to be less afraid of the pain and trauma of childbirth can only be a good thing. Times, Sunday Times
  • Ten years ago, the Persian Gulf War again dredged up anti-Muslim, anti-Arabic fervor and again I was afraid. An American Story | PopPolitics.com
  • He is not afraid of letting go of responsibilities and you being his emotional anchor. The Sun
  • I could also tell you the tale of the "frappe," but I'm afraid I'm skating too close to the ban on dialect jokes. Annoying and pretentious terms.
  • Launching a new drive against deadly superbugs, he will say people should not be afraid to challenge staff about hygiene. The Sun
  • Anyone who studies mathematics should not be afraid of the difficulty of multiplication and division, but should be afraid of the mysteries of manipulating fractions.
  • In many countries, criminalization of same sex relationships drives such relationships underground, making people afraid to seek HIV prevention and treatment services.
  • He is still afraid of accepting film roles, despite having acted in more than 300 films over the past 29 years.
  • The greatest trick is to not to show that you are afraid of something.
  • We can refuse to remake our world in their image: a place of fear and mind control, where citizens are tracked and followed, where people are afraid to look or act different.
  • Everyone is afraid that you'll write something damning about them for all to see.
  • He was afraid she would reject him because he was a foreigner.
  • He was afraid that he would lose.
  • If you cancel now I'm afraid you forfeit your deposit.
  • But he had been at the Green mansion and he had seen that misty figure in the flowing Mandarin robes, and he vas afraid Chang was wrong. THREE IN ONE
  • I am deeply afraid I will surprise him one day beating his head on the table in an effort to extract the solution he's seeking.
  • I was so afraid that you guys might've thought I was losing my touch.
  • I told her I had two concerns -- that we needed a voice that would transition us to a new economy, challenge pre-emptive wars, regardless of whether the wars were waged by Republicans or Democrats, and that we needed a congress person who would advocate for a just and lasting peace in the middle east, someone who would not be afraid to criticize Israel, to fight for equal rights for both Palestinians and Israelis. Marcy Winograd: Mubarak, Harman Walk: Winograd Considers a Run
  • Maybe he was afraid his film wasn't yet arty enough for the poseurs at the festivals.
  • I was nervous, certainly; afraid I might lose something dear to me.
  • I'm afraid we have to chop back our spending this month.
  • Retailers need your business and are not afraid to cut prices to gain your custom and your cash. The Sun
  • I'm afraid that in my case the reasons are not as connected to world history as they are in hers.
  • Yet similar themes recur - Barker is a fearless writer, unafraid to return to business she feels is unfinished.
  • I'm afraid it would probably be something hideously worthy, that would make you sick. The Sun
  • With his reputation as an enlightened, well-informed senior High Court judge, Lord Bonomy is unafraid to take on the government of the day.
  • She's afraid that I've been overexerting myself.
  • Too many parents have been too afraid ever to acknowledge the real state of our affairs to their children.
  • Being lonely and afraid allowed Robinson Crusoe to fill his desire for company by allowing God into his life through his nightly readings of the Bible.
  • The dog that has been beaten with a stick is afraid of its shadow. 
  • The problem isn't having so many religions or countries, or denominations; the problem is being afraid of and not being able to embrace our differences, and when our differences are played out in tribalism.
  • He had absolute belief in himself and his methods, and wasn't afraid to say so to anybody.
  • I'm afraid you've caught me on the hop - I wasn't expecting you till next week.
  • You'll have to wait until sometime in 2004 to see it, I'm afraid.
  • I have replied, but you have to click on the arrow to page 2 of the comments to see: the signpost is not very clear I am afraid. Sunday Salon: internal life of characters
  • He was afraid his past would always be a monkey on his back.
  • Joseph Millson also captures exactly the shy, goofily smiling tentativeness of the dentist who is afraid of total commitment. Review | Theatre | Rocket to the Moon | Venue | Michael Billington
  • The gameplay can also be, I'm afraid to say, boring and repetitive.
  • When very young, the cubs cry when afraid and hum when contented.
  • But I was afraid of bivouacking; we were soaking wet, had no sleeping bags, nothing dry or warm to change into and we were still at a high elevation. Richard Bangs: Climbing the Killer Prince -- Merapi Volcano of Java, Part 3
  • As a young subaltern in the Royal Tank Regiment he was unafraid to put it to use.
  • I'm afraid that either of them will not agree to this arrangement.
  • A partridge, indeed, with a brood of ten behind her, ran forward threateningly, but soon repented of her fierceness, and clucked to her young ones not to be afraid.
  • Wendy isn't afraid of heights but was made a little nervous by Mark's antics and kept a firm hold of the kid.
  • He that has [hath] been bitten by a serpent, is afraid of a rope. 
  • Just what Israel was afraid of, another suicide bombing another attempt to take innocent lives.
  • Speech left me entirely then, and I am afraid I would have been most beautifully thumped, had not Sanders, the trainmaster, come over and stopped him. Danger Signals Remarkable, Exciting and Unique Examples of the Bravery, Daring and Stoicism in the Midst of Danger of Train Dispatchers and Railroad Engineers
  • Stephen Garnett, editor of This England magazine, said: "We're incredibly disappointed that English people are afraid of displaying the St George's Cross on our patron saint's day.
  • He makes such a racket I'm afraid he disturbs the neighbours.
  • Sensing that they were gone, I was more afraid to look at Michael than anything else.
  • The emetic was a disgusting practice of Roman _bon vivants_ who were afraid of indigestion.] [Footnote 3: The verse which Cicero quotes from Lucilius is fairly equivalent to this.] [Footnote 4: Probably by way of salute; or possibly as a precaution.] Cicero Ancient Classics for English Readers
  • And, yes, the network that's afraid of the word "vodka" NBC has renamed Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis
  • Stephen Garnett, editor of This England magazine, said: "We're incredibly disappointed that English people are afraid of displaying the St George's Cross on our patron saint's day.
  • They find out that the pentagram is not a symbol to be afraid of, and that it means life within spirit.
  • Only pensile hook of cap of a garment is afraid is the simplest porch is decorated, add a piece of taboret to be able to sit down rest, dissolved the insecurity that go out and haste.
  • We were afraid he might relapse into a coma.
  • If you're afraid of what a neutral redistricting will do, just imagine what a genuinely partisan gerrymander could accomplish.
  • But in more rural areas where there is a less diverse mix of people, those afraid of difference become vocal and treat fellow humans badly.
  • Afraid of the wonderful jiu-jitsu, I had picked up the first thing handy, which was a tabaret. The Romance of Elaine Sequel to "Exploits of Elaine"
  • There's nothing wrong with being afraid - such a stirring event produces a wide roller-coaster of emotions.
  • I'm afraid your last essay was a very scrappy piece of work.
  • I'm afraid we're not making much progress .
  • I'm afraid I'm too busy - I'm in the midst of writing up a report.
  • They were so afraid of the legal costs of my crayoned application that they caved in and made my high paying, high pension job into a high paying, high pension, no effort job! A Victims Perspective
  • Don't go up the tower if you're afraid of heights.
  • I'm afraid I was rather bad-tempered yesterday; I think I owe you an apology.
  • I'm afraid I can't spare enough time to participate, but it'll be interesting to observe.
  • I grew up in Maine and used to vow that I would not set my stories there because I didn’t want to be pegged as a “Maine writer”; for whatever reason, I was afraid of being thought of as a regionalist. Jan Elizabeth Watson - An interview with author
  • One thing that may not be part of my own Dean wrap up is fervent appreciation for his success in 'activating the Democratic base', I'm afraid. United we stand...
  • From then on, your grandpa never came back, because he was afraid to disturb you grow up healthy, just do not regularly send some money to my family family allowance.
  • If I were going to a place where a hard day is one game of tiddlywinks instead of two, I wouldn't be afraid either.
  • The men were sore afraid, but such was the confidence of Moses they were willing to follow him.
  • When we say we're afraid to exercise those liberties, we dishonor their sacrifice and we disgrace ourselves.
  • On the surface, the term stood for two contradictory allegations: referees were afraid to call fouls when they should, and referees were calling fouls too quickly and intimidating teams from playing aggressive defense. Getting Open
  • Many are reluctant to throw that 82 mile-an-hour screwball because they're afraid they're going to be changing the scoreboard with just one bad pitch.
  • I must admit, I was still a little afraid of this world that was still new and foreign to me.
  • Landau is also not afraid to allow disenchanted Cuban citizens to speak their minds.
  • Whereat nurse smiled demurely, knowing that that was the last thing to be afraid of in connexion with her child. A Little Bush Maid
  • I'm afraid that this is just a taster of what has been going on this term chez miglior acque but I admit I'll have to cool it for a while. Books Books Books
  • But you better not cross her, because even though she's mostly sweet and nice and very pretty, she's not afraid to write a song about you if she has to.
  • She is afraid you are waking from her spell, casting it off.
  • Perhaps were afraid of losing your father, family life. Times, Sunday Times
  • He glanced swiftly around him like one half afraid, and Gertie saw he looked palish, as if he had been sick or some time indoors. The Dollmaker
  • We must all now be open to the possibility that we have beenblatantly bamboozled on 9/11 andcan no longerbe afraid of the truth. ARE AMERICANS AFRAID OF 9/11 TRUTH ?
  • I think life is always dangerous. Some people get afraid of it. Some people don't go forward. But some people, if they want to achieve their goal, they have to go. They have to move... Malala Yousafzai 
  • I'd never seen anything quite like that, and half of me is afraid of what he will do, and half of me is afraid he will chicken out at the last second.
  • He was afraid, because of his great weakness, that he might fall in and drown.
  • She felt to hug him but was afraid to hurt; like a fragile bird, this new scrawny Rab.
  • I'm afraid it's a bit of a trek to the station.
  • He was afraid another scholar was going to steal a march on him and publish first.
  • I'm afraid you rather caught me on the wrong foot, asking for it at such short notice.
  • If the danger represented by going through an untested box had been presented to him when he'd been a box trooper he'd have gone-unwill­ingly and afraid-but he'd have gone. Behold the Stars
  • If their present policy is continued, I am afraid that war is inevitable.
  • We hope to grow old, yet we fear old age; that is, we are willing to live, and afraid to die. 
  • We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Socrates 
  • In describing a scene in which sexist badinage is exchanged at an account meeting, McLean correctly points out that “the series is critical of this limited view and is not afraid to spell [its criticism] out.” Mad About Mad Men
  • He felt woozy and light headed now and was afraid it would show.
  • He is seriously ill . I'm afraid he cannot live out one more week.
  • Concern that doctors and other health workers were too afraid to blow the whistle on colleagues led to the setting-up of a new early warning system designed to enshrine the rights of whistle-blowers.
  • At the risk of seeming rude, I'm afraid I have to leave now.
  • I don't know that I'm particularly afraid of you, after all," declared the exponent of The Searchlight, and Banneker felt a twinge of dismay lest he might have derived, somewhence, an access of courage. Success A Novel
  • Said Sadek, who teaches political sociology at the American University of Cairo, said many Egyptians applaud the arrests, because they were afraid the former president and his close associates were in the process of trying to incite "a counter-revolution:""In many revolutions, if you do not take a strong stand to neutralize the leading members and leaders of the previous regime they can cause trouble and they would lead what is called the counter-revolution. Hospitalized Mubarak Officially Detained in Egyptian Corruption Probe
  • India Bridge is a decent woman, hopefully naïve, willfully unliberated, cursed with a brain she is afraid to use and time that she cannot manage to fill.
  • My time in Paris has made me unshockable, I'm afraid.
  • Running through the forest in the dark, the boys were greatly afraid.
  • We are too much afraid of what we call beggary," said Adela. The Bertrams
  • I personally would hate to be driven down into a foxhole - tapping on my keyboard, afraid even to open my postal mail or cross a local bridge.
  • Am afraid we will be left bankrupt and destitute but at least Josie will have perfect N American teeth. AND GOD CREATED THE AU PAIR
  • I'm afraid France took engravings and etchings, while it was a frightfully disappointing year for reliefs, with no gold medal awarded at all. Pole dancing seeks an Olympic leg-up | Marina Hyde
  • Maybe he was afraid his film wasn't yet arty enough for the poseurs at the festivals.
  • Negotiating with buyer as instruct however afraid unconvincing as your price compare unfavorably faith others.

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