scarecrow

[skair-kroh]
noun
1.
an object, usually a figure of a person in old clothes, set up to frighten crows or other birds away from crops.
2.
anything frightening but not really dangerous.
3.
a person in ragged clothes.
4.
an extremely thin person.

Origin:
1545–55; scare + crow1

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

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scarecrow
1550s, from scare + crow. Earliest reference is to a person employed to scare birds. Stick-figure sense is implied by 1580s
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scarecrow

device posted on cultivated ground to deter birds or other animals from eating or otherwise disturbing seeds, shoots, and fruit; its name derives from its use against the crow. The scarecrow of popular tradition is a mannequin stuffed with straw; free-hanging, often reflective parts movable by the wind are commonly attached to increase effectiveness. A scarecrow outfitted in clothes previously worn by a hunter who has fired on the flock is regarded by some as especially efficacious. A common variant is the effigy of a predator (e.g., an owl or a snake).

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