scarecrow

[ skair-kroh ]
/ ˈskɛərˌkroʊ /

noun

an object, usually a figure of a person in old clothes, set up to frighten crows or other birds away from crops.
anything frightening but not really dangerous.
a person in ragged clothes.
an extremely thin person.

Origin of scarecrow

First recorded in 1545–55; scare + crow1

Related forms

scare·crow·ish, scare·crow·y, adjective
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scarecrow

/ (ˈskɛəˌkrəʊ) /

noun

an object, usually in the shape of a man, made out of sticks and old clothes to scare birds away from crops
a person or thing that appears frightening but is not actually harmful
informal
  1. an untidy-looking person
  2. a very thin person
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