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To Scare. v.a. [scorare, Italian. Skinner.] To fright; to frighten; to affright; to terrify; to strike with sudden fear.

They have scared away two of my best sheep, which, I fear, the wolf will sooner find than the master. Shakespeare.

Poor Tom hath been scared out of his good wits. Shakesp.

My grained ash an hundred times hath broke,
And scar'd the moon with splinters.
Shak. Coriolanus.

The noise of thy cross-bow
Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost.
Shakes. H. VI.

Scarecrows are set up to keep birds from corn and fruit; and some report that the head of a wolf, whole, dried, and hanged up in a dovehouse, will scare away vermin. Bacon.

The wing of the Irish was so grievously either galled or scared therewith, that being strangers, and in a manner neutrals, they had neither good heart to go forward, nor good liking to stand still, nor good assurance to run away. Hayward.

                The light
Waves threaten now, as that was scar'd by fire.

One great reason why mens god purposes so often fail, is, that when they are devout, or scared, they then in the general resolve to live religiously. Calamy's Sermons.

Let wanton wives by death be scar'd;
But, to my comfort, I'm prepar'd.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Calamy, Benjamin (8) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Hayward, John (42) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (39) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Skinner, Stephen (55) · Waller, Edmund (63) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

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