Particularly during his reign at Fox News, Beck used his cable TV soapbox to scare his loyal viewers.
And the nonthreatening names on the labels like “Mr. Smiley” and “Scooby Snax” do nothing to scare off potential consumers.
Mrs. Deshales ordered an ambulance, which managed to scare off Wahlberg and his pals.
Islamists, he adds, are using the talk of violence to scare the opposition into falling in line.
This, of course, is a minor inconvenience compared to the scare tactics deployed over the past few months.
It had seized the hen, and refused to let go when she tried to scare it away.
What's any of them little haythen been coin' to scare ye, missy?
In some places candles are burnt all night to scare away evil spirits.
You've played jokes on her, and told her things to scare her—and my grief!
He talks like his mouth was full, an' he's got a scare t'rown inter him so's his teeth have got de jiggles.
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.