scare


scare
1. verb

stop it, you're scaring me

Syn:
frighten, startle, alarm, terrify, petrify, intimidate, terrorize, make afraid, make fearful, fill with fear, give someone a fright, panic, throw into a panic, shock, unnerve, cow; strike terror into, put the fear of God into, chill to the bone/marrow, make someone's blood run cold, scare/frighten to death, scare/frighten someone out of their wits, send into a cold sweat, scare/frighten the living daylights out of, scare/frighten the life out of, scare the hell out of, scare stiff, scare witless, make someone shake in their boots/shoes; informal scare the pants off, make someone's hair stand on end, make someone jump out of their skin, make someone's hair curl, spook, scarify, scare the bejesus out of, scare the bejabbers out of, give someone the heebie-jeebies; vulgar slang scare shitless, scare the shit out of
Ant:
reassure
2. noun

you gave me a scare — how did you get here?

Syn:
fright, shock, start, turn, jump; informal heart attack

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  • scare — scare …   Dictionnaire des rimes

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  • Scare — Scare, n. Fright; esp., sudden fright produced by a trifling cause, or originating in mistake. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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