scare

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noun
ADJECTIVE
major, nasty, terrible

a major health scare

food, health
AIDS, cancer, etc.
pregnancy
bomb
terror, terrorism, terrorist
VERB + SCARE
cause
give sb

It wasn't a serious heart attack, but it gave him a terrible scare.

get, have
SCARE + NOUN
campaign, story, tactics

The ad uses scare tactics to get people to stop smoking.

PREPOSITION
scare about, scare over

the scare over bird flu

PHRASES
a bit of a scare, quite a scare

I got quite a scare when the police called me.

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verb
ADVERB
really
easily

He doesn't scare easily.

away, off

His name scares off a lot of people.

VERB + SCARE
try to, want to
start to
PREPOSITION
into

They're just trying to scare us into letting out the secret.

with

You don't scare me with your threats!

PHRASES
scare sb silly, scare sb stiff, scare sb to death (all informal)

The very thought of flying scares me stiff.

scare the life out of sb, scare the living daylights out of sb (both informal)

You scared the life out of me, hiding like that!

scare the pants off sb (informal, esp. AmE)
Scare is used with these nouns as the object: ↑investor

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • scare — scare …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • scare — [ skar ] n. m. • 1546; lat. scarus, gr. skaros ♦ Zool. Poisson osseux des mers tropicales, aux vives couleurs, appelé couramment poisson perroquet. ● scare nom masculin (latin scarus, du grec skairein, bondir) Poisson des récifs coralliens à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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

  • scare — [n] frightened state alarm, alert, fright, panic, shock, start, terror; concepts 230,410 Ant. calmness, comfort, ease scare [v] frighten someone affright, alarm, awe, chill, daunt, dismay, freeze, give a fright, give a turn*, intimidate, panic,… …   New thesaurus

  • scare up — (something) to find or obtain something that is not easily available. At the very least, I m sure he ll have some original ideas on how to scare up some cash. We discovered it was impossible to scare up an audience for the game …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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

  • scare — (v.) c.1200, from O.N. skirra to frighten, related to skjarr timid, shy, of unknown origin. The noun is attested from 1520s. To scare up procure, obtain is first recorded 1846, American English, from notion of rousing game from cover. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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

  • scare — ► VERB 1) cause great fear or nervousness in; frighten. 2) (scare away/off) drive or keep (someone) away by fear. 3) become frightened. ► NOUN 1) a sudden attack of fright. 2) a period of general anxiety or alarm about something …   English terms dictionary

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