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.
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How to use scare up in a sentence
People would use the original social network—friends, family, neighbors—to find out about jobs or scare up business.
Sadly, the film got lost amid The Social Network hysteria, failing to scare up much of an audience.
"I guess he wants me to scare up a bird for him to chase," thought Ruddy, dog-fashion, of course.Rick and Ruddy | Howard R. Garis
You'll never get any cigars in the guessing contest unless you can scare up better ones than that.The Rules of the Game | Stewart Edward White
You lured the poor lad here, and now he can see where to scare up a suitable engagement for his accomplishments.Pandora's Box | Frank Wedekind