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 The horror movie scared up $3.1 million in previews at the box office. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023 Though Trump’s exaggeration of the threat posed by Antifa is likely a cynical ploy to scare up votes, Proud Boys like Shane and David Machado seem sincerely and deeply worried about Antifa. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2020 The horror film starring and directed by Patrick Wilson scared up $32.7 million in ticket sales from 3,188 theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Lindsey Bahr, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2023 Rounding out the top 5, Scream VI scared up $3.3 million in its fifth week of release for a domestic total of $103.8 million ($161.6 million worldwide). Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 9 Apr. 2023 By comparison, the first film — 1996's Scream, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Jamie Kennedy and Drew Barrymore — scared up just over $103 million at the box office over its North American theatrical run. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2023 The paranormal investigation series scares up yet another season. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2023 Hayden Panettiere successfully scared up her Scream 4 character’s return for the horror franchise’s latest chapter after taking necessary time off from acting for her health. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2023 The top prosecutor in Portland’s westside suburbs has adopted an aggressive strategy designed to scare up public defenders for criminal defendants languishing behind bars without representation. oregonlive, 2 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scare up was in 1841

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“Scare up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

scare up

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