scare up


scared up; scaring up; scares up

transitive verb

: to find or get together with considerable labor or difficulty : scrape up
managed to scare up the money

Examples of scare up in a Sentence

I can probably scare up my old textbooks if you need them.
Recent Examples on the Web Including the afternoon Thanksgiving Day broadcast (Commanders-Cowboys) which scared up 41.8 million viewers, CBS’ national NFL window averaged a TV-best 26.4 million viewers per week last season. Anthony Crupi,, 8 July 2024 So how refreshing that one of American indie cinema’s most beloved (and original!) horror outings is preparing to scare up fans (new and old) with a follow-up feature 10 long years since its first release. Kate Erbland, IndieWire, 26 June 2024 Russell Crowe starrer The Exorcism also opened nationwide, but failed to scare up much business. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 June 2024 If there were hearings on whether the city ought to maintain mayoral control of the police or even the sanitation department, advocates could probably scare up at least that many voices to say hell no. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 1 Feb. 2024 Raising money, building name recognition, scaring up a decent-sized crowd were all stiff challenges for any representative who ventured too far from home. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 The Conjuring, made for just $20 million, became a runaway hit when it was released in 2013, scaring up almost $320 million worldwide. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 Rounding out the top five is another horror entry from Blumhouse and Universal, The Exorcist: Believer which scared up an additional $3.1 million for a four-week total of $59.3 million ($61 million globally). Shania Russell,, 29 Oct. 2023 An elegant prose stylist with a sharp critical eye, Hermes appears to have scared up everyone alive whose life intersected with his subject. Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scare up was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Scare up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

scare up

: to find or get together with much labor or difficulty
managed to scare up the money
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