Nearby words

  1. scarce as hen's teeth,
  2. scarcely,
  3. scarcely ever,
  4. scarcement,
  5. scarcity,
  6. scare out of one's wits,
  7. scare quotes,
  8. scare up,
  9. scarecrow,
  10. scared

Origin of scare

1150–1200; (v.) Middle English skerren < Old Norse skirra to frighten, derivative of skjarr timid, shy; (noun) late Middle English skere, derivative of the v.

Related formsscar·er, nounscar·ing·ly, adverbun·scared, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for scare up

scare

/ (skɛə) /

verb

to fill or be filled with fear or alarm
(tr; often foll by away or off) to drive (away) by frightening
(tr) US and Canadian informal (foll by up)
  1. to produce (a meal) quickly from whatever is available
  2. to manage to find (something) quickly or with difficultybrewers need to scare up more sales

noun

a sudden attack of fear or alarm
a period of general fear or alarm

adjective

causing (needless) fear or alarma scare story
Derived Formsscarer, noun

Word Origin for scare

C12: from Old Norse skirra; related to Norwegian skjerra, Swedish dialect skjarra

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Word Origin and History for scare up
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Idioms and Phrases with scare up

scare up

Also, scrape together or up. Assemble or produce with considerable effort, as in We managed to scare up extra chairs for the unexpectedly large audience, or He managed to scrape together enough cash to buy two more tickets. The first term alludes to scare in the sense of “flush game out of cover” and dates from the mid-1800s; the variant, alluding to scratching or clawing for something, was first recorded in 1549. Also see scrape up an acquaintance.

scare

In addition to the idioms beginning with scare

  • scare out of one's wits
  • scare up

also see:

  • run scared
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