scare


scare
scare1 [skeə US sker] v
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: skirra, from skjarr 'shy, fearful']
1.) [T]
to make someone feel frightened
→↑afraid
Loud noises can scare animals or birds.
scare the life/living daylights/hell etc out of sb
(=scare someone very much)
The alarm scared the hell out of me.
scare the pants off sb
(=scare someone very much)
2.) scare easily
to be frightened by things that are not very frightening
I don't scare easily, you know.
scare into [scare sb into sth] phr v
to make someone do something by frightening them or threatening them
scare sb into doing sth
You can't scare me into telling you anything.
scare off/away [scare sb/sth<=>off/away] phr v
1.) to make an animal or person go away by frightening them
She moved quietly to avoid scaring the birds away.
2.) to make someone uncertain or worried so that they do not do something they were going to do
Rising prices are scaring off many potential customers.
scare up [scare up sth] phr v
to make something although you have very few things to make it from
Let me see if I can scare up something for you to eat.
scare 2
scare2 n
1.) [singular]
a sudden feeling of fear
You really gave us a scare !
2.)
a situation in which a lot of people become frightened about something
a bomb scare
a health scare

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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