scare quotes

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scare quotes

pl.n.
Quotation marks used to emphasize a word or phrase or to indicate its special status, especially to express doubt about its validity or to criticize its use.

scare quotes

pl n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) quotation marks placed around a word or phrase to indicate that it should not be taken literally or automatically accepted as true
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The breast bomb scare marks a new development in terror group attempts to beat airport security.