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scare

verb [I or T] uk   /skeər/ us    /sker/
C1 to (make a person or animal) feel frightened: Sudden noises scare her. She's very brave - she doesn't scare easily. He scared me out of my wits (= made me extremely frightened) when he was driving so fast. Meeting new people scares me stiff/to death (= makes me extremely nervous and worried). She scared the hell/life/living daylights out of me (= frightened me very much) when she fell out of the tree.

scare

noun uk   /skeər/ us    /sker/
[S] a sudden feeling of fear or worry: I got/had a scare (= I was very worried) when I looked at my bank statement this morning! You gave us a real scare (= frightened us) when you fainted, you know. [C] an occasion when a subject receives a lot of public attention and worries many people, often when there is no real danger: a bomb/health scare The government are accused of employing scare tactics (= ways of frightening people in order to persuade them to do something). The press have been publishing scare stories (= newspaper reports which make people feel unnecessarily worried) about the mystery virus.
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