But I got scared, and my little-girl self tried to tell my parents something was going on.
We ate with our hands and Abu Hassar asked me: “When were you the most scared in Iraq?”
McCain lost because he scared the hell out of voters, seemingly on purpose.
It was all in good fun—I was never doing anything that I was scared to do.
But when the time comes, should you be scared of that little label on your favorite brand of cereal?
Your father's new house, Le, has scared him half out of his wits.
It was true, as Boundary said, that the gang was scared—and badly scared.
No, not scared,” responded Fogg soberly, “only worried about you.
He wondered if they guessed how scared he was; he hoped not.
Said he scared the fellow until his black face turned white.
past participle adjective from scare (v.). Scared stiff first recorded 1900; scared shitless is from 1936. Scaredy-cat "timid person" first attested 1906.
1590s, alteration of Middle English skerren (c.1200), from Old Norse skirra "to frighten; to shrink from, shun; to prevent, avert," related to skjarr "timid, shy, afraid of," of unknown origin. In Scottish also skair, skar, and in dialectal English skeer, skear, which seems to preserve the older pronunciation. To scare up "procure, obtain" is first recorded 1846, American English, from notion of rousing game from cover. Related: Scared; scaring.
"something that frightens; sudden panic, sudden terror inspired by a trifling cause, false alarm," 1520s, alteration of Middle English sker "fear, dread" (c.1400), from scare (v.). Scare tactic attested from 1948.