scare


scare
scare1 [ sker ] verb *
transitive to make someone feel frightened or worried:
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare you.
scare the life/daylights out of someone (=scare someone very much): What are you doing in there? You scared the life out of me.
scare someone to death (=scare someone very much): The way he drives scares me to death.
a. intransitive to become frightened or worried:
Cats scare very easily.
,scare a`way or ,scare `off phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to make someone feel so frightened or worried that they do not do something they had planned to do:
The city's high murder rate has scared away tourists.
2. ) to make someone so frightened that they run away:
The attacker was scared away when the woman started to scream.
`scare ,into phrasal verb transitive
scare someone into something to make someone feel so worried or frightened that they do something:
scare someone into doing something: Many people have been scared into buying organic food.
,scare `off phrasal verb transitive
same as SCARE AWAY
,scare `up phrasal verb transitive AMERICAN INFORMAL
to make something using the few things that are available:
Dad went into the kitchen to try to scare up a meal.
scare
scare 2 [ sker ] noun count
a situation that makes people suddenly feel worried or frightened about something:
health/food/AIDS/bomb etc. scare: A bomb scare forced the pilot to make an emergency landing.
a. a sudden feeling of fear or worry:
I had a little scare when I saw how much the bill was.
It gave me quite a scare when the cat jumped on me.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • scare — scare …   Dictionnaire des rimes

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  • scare — [sker] vt. scared, scaring [ME skerren < ON skirra, to scare, make timid < skjarr, timid, prob. < IE base * (s)ker , to jump > L scurra, buffoon] to fill with fear or terror; esp., to frighten suddenly or startle; terrify vi. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Scare — Scare, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scaring}.] [OE. skerren, skeren, Icel. skirra to bar, prevent, skirrask to shun, shrink from; or fr. OE. skerre, adj., scared, Icel. skjarr; both perhaps akin to E. sheer to turn.] To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • scare — scare; scare·ful; scare·some; …   English syllables

  • Scare — Scare, n. Fright; esp., sudden fright produced by a trifling cause, or originating in mistake. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • scare\ up — • scare up • scrape up v informal To find, collect, or get together with some effort when needed. The boy scared up enough money to go to college. Will you stay for supper? she asked. I can scare up enough for us all. He managed to scrape up the… …   Словарь американских идиом

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