|Origin:||skirra, from skjarr 'shy, fearful'|
to make someone feel frightened [= frighten; ↪ afraid]:
Loud noises can scare animals or birds.
scare the life/living daylights/hell etc out of somebody (=scare someone very much)
The alarm scared the hell out of me.
scare the pants off somebody (=scare someone very much)
to be frightened by things that are not very frightening:
I don't scare easily, you know.
scare somebody into somethingphrasal verb
scare somebody into doing something
You can't scare me into telling you anything.
scare somebody/something ↔ off/awayphrasal verb
to make an animal or person go away by frightening them:
She moved quietly to avoid scaring the birds away.
to make someone uncertain or worried so that they do not do something they were going to do:
Rising prices are scaring off many potential customers.
scare up somethingphrasal verb
Let me see if I can scare up something for you to eat.