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rattle

Meaning: to upset or unnerve, to make someone feel nervous

For example:

  • Nothing seems to rattle James Bond. He's always cool and calm no matter what sort of trouble he's in.

  • Lana turned quickly, rattled by the sound of a child screaming.

Quick Quiz:

Hiroko was rattled by the sight of
  1. a cute little puppy dog
  2. pretty pink cherry blossoms
  3. a huge black snake

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