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MENACE. A threat; a declaration of an intention to cause evil to happen to another.
     2. When menaces to do an injury to another have been made, the party making them may, in general, be held to bail to keep the peace; and, when followed by any inconvenience or loss, the injured party has a civil action against the wrong doer. Com. Dig. Battery, D; Vin. Ab. h.t.; Bac. Ab. Assault; Co. Litt. 161 a, 162 b, 253 b; 2 Lutw. 1428. Vide Threat.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Try as hard as I could, I can't get rid of the Liverpool Ducks," he declared, before adding menacingly, "but they have been restricted to a service via Coburg Dock.
MELBOURNE: Roger Federer flattened his close buddy Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1 6-3 6-3 to move menacingly into the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday, showing scant regard for sentimentality.
JOHN TERRY roared a Premier League warning last night as Chelsea moved menacingly close to the top.
Yet United's fifth placing is under threat from Aston Villa, who are hovering menacingly on 843.
I have always thought the haka should have been outlawed years ago, but after seeing the French front up to it so menacingly on Saturday, maybe I was wrong and there's no reason why it can't be an advantage to the opposition.
Three strangers in different parts of the world endure terrible nightmares in which a young Indian man glares menacingly at them.
Photos with sinister connotations (such as a man hovering menacingly over a woman) will be projected, prompting dancers to put their own "spin" on them.
Lobsters sharing a den join in its defense by poking their long, stiff antennae menacingly at intruders.
No more Transit vans tearing up behind you, sitting menacingly on your rear bumper perhaps?
The plural narration by her classmates is menacingly apt.
The group of men approached us quite menacingly. I thought it was going to get very ugly very quick, but Chan said the word "blessings" in Arabic and, as if by magic, they stopped.
Jim Hoebeck was recently killed when his car was smashed into by one of those pickup trucks that have been jacked up by their owners so that they loom menacingly over ordinary vehicles.