verb (used with object), scared, scar·ing.
verb (used without object), scared, scar·ing.
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Origin of scare
OTHER WORDS FROM scarescar·er, nounscar·ing·ly, adverbun·scared, adjective
Words nearby scare
British Dictionary definitions for scare up
- to produce (a meal) quickly from whatever is available
- to manage to find (something) quickly or with difficultybrewers need to scare up more sales
Derived forms of scarescarer, noun
Word Origin for scare
Idioms and Phrases with scare up (1 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with scare up (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with scare
- scare out of one's wits
- scare up
- run scared