Definition of for fear of or that in English:

for fear of (or that)

  • To avoid the risk of (or that): no one dared refuse the order for fear of losing their job
    More example sentences
    • This is exactly the sort of compulsive behaviour I have to avoid for fear of going mad.
    • He speculated that the tree was ill and the koalas knew of it, avoiding the leaves for fear of food poisoning.
    • Players were afraid to take defensive risks for fear that no one would help out, and often no one would.
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