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Today's newspaper gives all the ghastly details of the murder. UK informal extremely bad :. What ghastly weather! It was all a ghastly mistake. I thought her outfit was ghastly. If someone looks ghastly, they look very ill or very shocked , especially with a very pale face :.
You look ghastly - are you okay? Serious and unpleasant. Want to learn more? Related word ghastliness. It was a ghastly crime. Examples of ghastly. In 37b the well-known sound of a dentist's drill characterizes the ghastly sound of a person's voice. From the Cambridge English Corpus. Throughout our hearings we kept hearing the word "product" — a ghastly word—in relation to tourism.
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However, it should prove a ghastly warning for us. I have vivid memories of men gasping for breath, suffering from emphysema and ghastly diseases of that kind. Possibly, we did more than we should have done; but we did it because we knew that, once a conflict starts, those ghastly things happen. All morning, we have been told about individuals who have committed the most ghastly and heinous acts and are a threat to society. In these circumstances, a ghastly tragedy could occur at any time for want of on-site surgery, anaesthetists and inter-hospital transport.
Big towns have been ghastly models of slums, industrial de- velopment, housing, roads and railways—all thrown together in an unplanned tangle. There is nothing to be proud about in those ghastly cemeteries which were the result of the last war. Nationalised industries and so-called state enterprises are still the most ghastly and still give the worst service.
The alternative seems to be a sort of ghastly combination of dumping and tariffs on all sides. The whole of this ghastly campaign is referred to as an incident. Then it grew stronger through one ghastly winter after another, through repeated and heartbreaking postponements of the hope of liberty and indeed of life itself.
We say resolutely that such ghastly crimes shall be visited with appropriate punishment, not in the spirit of revenge but in the spirit of justice. Today we should be looking to the future, conscious of the end of a ghastly period in the history of that part of the world.
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