scare


scare
1 verb
1 (T) to make someone feel frightened: Ignore him, he's just trying to scare us. | scare the hell/life/shit out of sb (=scare someone very much): You scared the hell out of me jumping out like that!
2 (I) to become frightened: I don't scare easily you know!
scare sb into phrasal verb (T) to make someone do something by frightening them or threatening them: scare sb into doing sth: Some parents try to scare their children into behaving well. scare sb/sth off/away phrasal verb (T)
1 to make someone or something go away by frightening them: We lit fires to scare away the wolves.
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 sth phrasal verb (T) AmE informal 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. 2 noun
1 (singular) a sudden feeling of fear: give sb a scare: That car only just missed me - it gave me a real scare!
2 (C) a situation in which a lot of people become frightened about something: a bomb scare | An escape of radioactive gas caused a major scare.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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