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What does it mean when you dream about danger?

Any kind of danger signal in a dream may be warning the dreamer to be more cautious in some aspect of life. Other components of the dream should help indicate where the dreamer should exercise more caution.

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Darkness (See NIGHT.)
Geiger counter
radiation detector named for inventor. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 12]
international radiotelephone distress signal. [Maritime Hist.: Misc.]
Perils of Pauline
cliff-hangers in which Pauline’s life is recurrently in danger. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 559]
red alert
final alert; attack believed imminent. [Military: Misc.]
red flag
symbol of peril. [Folklore: Jobes, 413]
symbol of approaching pitfalls. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
symbol of approaching pitfalls. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
Scylla and Charybdis
rocks and whirlpool, respectively, opposite each other in the Strait of Messina. [Classical Myth.: Zimmerman, 59, 235–236]
skull and crossbones
alerts consumers to presence of poison; represents death. [Folklore: Misc.]
Morse code distress signal. [World Culture: Flexner, 359]
“Clashing Cliffs” at the entrance to the Black Sea, said to crush vessels. [Classical Myth.: New Century, 1043]
quicksands off the coast of northern Africa; any part of the sea dangerous to ships because of natural phenomena. [Rom. Myth.: Zimmerman, 251]
sword of Damocles
signifies impending peril; blade suspended over banqueter by a hair. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 297]
thin ice
universal symbol of possible danger. [Folklore: Misc.]
Yuck, Mr.
pictorial symbol denoting poison; grimacing face with tongue sticking out. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


A dangerous situation in your dream might reflect a dangerous or threatening situation in daily life. Take the hint and pay closer attention to your finances, business matters, health, and things in general. As compensation, danger in your dream may be a positive sign and an indication that you are capable of overcoming current obstacles.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
The bordering States, if any, will be those who, under the impulse of sudden irritation, and a quick sense of apparent interest or injury, will be most likely, by direct violence, to excite war with these nations; and nothing can so effectually obviate that danger as a national government, whose wisdom and prudence will not be diminished by the passions which actuate the parties immediately interested.
The perpetual menacings of danger oblige the government to be always prepared to repel it; its armies must be numerous enough for instant defense.
The dangers to be apprehended from the Crow Indians had not been overrated by the camp gossips.
Are we not in danger of producing some such state of things in the boundless regions of the far West?
A patient who finds his disorder daily growing worse, and that an efficacious remedy can no longer be delayed without extreme danger, after coolly revolving his situation, and the characters of different physicians, selects and calls in such of them as he judges most capable of administering relief, and best entitled to his confidence.
It was now drawing toward evening; but they could not think of encamping for the night, in a place so full of danger. Captain Bonneville, therefore, determined to halt about sunset, kindle a fire, as if for encampment, cook and eat supper; but, as soon as it was sufficiently dark, to make a rapid move for the summit of the mountain, and seek some secluded spot for their night's lodgings.
I described in the most pathetic manner I could the miserable state to which the Catholic religion was reduced in a country where it had lately flourished so much by the labours of the Portuguese; I gave him in the strongest terms a representation of all that we had suffered since the death of Sultan Segued, how we had been driven out of Abyssinia, how many times they had attempted to take away our lives, in what manner we had been betrayed and given up to the Turks, the menaces we had been terrified with, the insults we had endured; I laid before him the danger the patriarch was in of being either impaled or flayed alive; the cruelty, insolence and avarice of the Bassa of Suaquem, and the persecution that the Catholics suffered in Aethiopia.
"But we also are in danger," said the Pumpkinhead, anxiously." If any of these girls understand cooking, my end is not far off!"
As the days wore on, his utter carelessness of any considera- tion so intensified our distress and danger that I had, much as I loathed doing it, to resort to threats, and at last to blows.
Elizabeth, having relinquished entirely the idea of escape, was fast obtaining that resigned composure with which the most delicate of her sex are sometimes known to meet unavoidable evils; while Mohegan, who was much nearer to the danger, maintained his seat with the invincible resignation of an Indian warrior.
Both managed to follow his example, to the wonderment of the footmen, who saw the three who had just escaped a terrible danger walking together gaily, as, under the guiding pressure of Sir Nathaniel's hand, they turned to re-enter the house.
For removing discontentments, or at least the danger of them; there is in every state (as we know) two portions of subjects; the noblesse and the commonalty.

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