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verb scare pronunciation in British English /skeə(r)/
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present tense
present participlescaring
past tensescared
past participlescared
  1. [transitive] to make someone feel frightened or worried

    I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you.

    scare the life/daylights out of someone (=scare someone very much):

    What are you doing in there? You scared the life out of me.

    scare someone to death (=scare someone very much):

    The way he drives scares me to death.


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