Phrases with "scare"

Arthur Conan Doyle It had been invented by man to scare woman away when she poached too nearly upon his precious preserves. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

William Dampier The men at our first coming ashore threatened us with their lances and swords; but they were frightened by firing one gun which we fired purposely to scare them. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Serene in the face of perils of the sea, with all of which he is familiar, he was afraid of no man in daylight, though a child might scare him after dark. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

H. G. Wells Hell was indeed good enough to scare me and prevent me calling either of my brothers fools, until I was eleven or twelve. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

It must about scare the hero out of a year’s growth; but it’s a glorious thing to do — it would be next day, anyhow. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

He would not scare my clients from me, or beat my children, and I can take care of my pocket. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

The empty, desolate, tomb-like place was eerie enough to scare any one; but its emptiness was comfort when I thought of its inmates. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

He would make himself indispensable; the ship had a bad name in her port; it would be easy to scare the fellows off. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

I was frightened, but then I guessed that Valek and his friends were throwing things at me from the other side of the wall, trying to scare me. In the World by Maksim Gorky

M. P. Shiel Scrambling in a scare to his feet, he walked about again with the winds in his ears, eager to hold Hannah in his arms, but grieved to the heart, too, for “Viola.” It was % o’clock. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Some days I say to myself that it’s just a scare got up by the newspapers. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Only do be quick about it! I can’t stand much longer this crawling-on-the-stomach business so as not to scare your gentleman. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Robert Green Ingersoll You can scare a man, maybe, so bad that he won’t do a thing, but you can’t scare him so bad he won’t want to do it. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Leon Trotsky On June 4, 1919, Stalin, writing from the South, was trying to scare Lenin with the dangers of the military direction. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Conan Doyle A coroner’s inquest, a descent of detectives, an invasion of angry relatives — all sorts of possibilities rose to scare him. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

He would take more than mortal risks, and you couldn’t scare him by any ordinary terror. Greenmantle by John Buchan

G. K. Chesterton There was nothing, rationally speaking, to scare anyone about this. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Wilkie Collins The idea of a dueling-party and a dead man seemed to scare him out of his senses. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Charles Dickens There is yet, in the Temple, something of a clerkly monkish atmosphere, which public offices of law have not disturbed, and even legal firms have failed to scare away. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Now there is no man but sees that this fable is a creature of the poet’s fancy, designed to delight or scare the reader. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Gaston Leroux Before, so as not to scare the rats in front of him, he had turned his dark lantern on himself, lighting up his own head; now, to hasten their flight, he lit the dark space in front of him. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

William Morris But if such were there, either they were wise and would not be seen, or kind and had no will to scare the simple maiden; or else maybe there were none such in those days. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

It was Blenkiron’s phrase about Mary that pulled me together —‘She can’t scare and she can’t soil’. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

There was a rush of ‘old friends’ into that garden, enough to scare all the little birds away. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

R. D. Blackmore No crag was too steep for him, no cave too dangerous and wave-beaten, no race of the tide so strong and swirling as to scare him of his wits. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

H. G. Wells Then we shall have poison gas to scare the world stiff. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Anton Chekhov Instead of trying to scare me she tried to propitiate me in every way, giving me full marks, and not complaining to my father of my naughtiness. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

And there’s a kind of scare in his face. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Even a footfall in the passage was apt to scare that shy bird Aunt Maria’s genius, so Annette stole on tiptoe to the parlour. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

A sort of dogged determination not to be worsted by a scare of this kind kept us still there. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

I laid myself out to scare Master Varrinder, and I succeeded. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

H.P. Lovecraft They must have fixed up some awful scare for that fellow. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Charles Dickens You know the furniture remains in Mrs Rudge’s house, and that it has been shut up, by my orders, since she went away, save once a-week or so, when an old neighbour visits it to scare away the rats. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

It’d scare the life out of her. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

William Dampier While they were in discourse with the Indian they were attacked by 100 Spanish horsemen who came with a design to scare them back but wanted both arms and hearts to do it. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Walter Besant He was anxious to change his quarters, and had it not been for a scare that we had would perhaps have gone off to seek shelter elsewhere. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

I am about the only preacher whose sermons scare them nowadays. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Sir Walter Scott Many birds have flown as high that I have seen stuffed with straw and hung up to scare kites. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A scare at the Conference might undo all our great work. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

It was scarcely any wonder if rats had congregated behind the worm-eaten wainscot, to scare nervous listeners with their weird scratchings and scramblings. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

There was a stir in the Square like a scare among sheep when a wolf is by. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Ford Madox Ford It could even occur to her that Mrs Duchemin’s madness had been no more than a scare to be followed by no necessary crime. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Augustine Birrell It is hard to believe that even Charles the Second could have seen any humour, good or bad, in such a couplet:— “The poor Priapus King, led by the nose, Looks as a thing set up to scare the crows. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

He wanted to scare me, to blackmail me. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Meredith A bride on her travels with an aspect of wet chalk, rather helps to scare mankind from marriage: which may be good or bad; but she reflects a sicklier hue on the captured Chessman calling her his own. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

R. D. Blackmore He has tried to scare you into silence; and the fright caused your sad illness. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

If you’re trying to scare me by that dime-novel talk I guess you’ve hit the wrong man. Greenmantle by John Buchan

The physician had so written as not to scare the wife. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Pitch it high enough to scare him. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

It was an artful device of those plunderers to paint the red cross on the door, and thus scare away any visitor who might have discovered their depredations. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The elderly female Hirsch is like a timorous granny who loves to scare herself with ghost stories, and adores the sensation of jumping into bed before the robber under it can catch her by the ankle. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

W. W. Jacobs There’s nothing like a uniform to scare that sort. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Sinclair Lewis He tried to sound defiant with: “They can’t scare me!” His telephone, and a voice: “This Shallard? Well this is a brother preacher speaking. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Theodore Dreiser You ought to get Mollenhauer and Simpson to scare Stener so that he won’t loan Cowperwood any more money. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling The other made bad worse by shouting what was nothing better than a newspaper, scare head-line; and, judging by the rate he was travelling, I don’t think he reported for duty that night. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Now and then our locomotive whistled as if to scare the wandering engine back to the rails. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Something would turn up to scare it away. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

George Meredith They hold up the nobles to the hatred of the democracy, and the democracy to scare the nobles. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Robert Green Ingersoll But let me tell you one thing: there is no reformation in fear — you can scare a man so that he won’t do it sometimes, but I will swear you can’t scare him so bad that he won’t want to do it. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

G. K. Chesterton IT was the scare of the burglary that actually started the story towards the discovery of rather strange things. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Willa Cather Down at de barn I say to myself, dat young girl ain’t had much experience in sickness, I don’t want to scare her, an’ maybe she’s got a baby comin’ or somet’ing. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

It was attempting to scare away the eagle just ready to stoop on his prey. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

He came on straight and swift like a cannon-ball, and the noise of the fight, which burst suddenly upon our ears, was more than enough to scare away a fit of apoplexy. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

And yet I remembered that she had been in uglier affairs before this and I recalled old Blenkiron’s words: “She can’t scare and she can’t soil. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Sinclair Lewis Jin, does it scare you to hear the word death?” “Never! I can’t die — not for sixty years at least. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Penn hints a lot about Curberry, but doesn’t say enough to —” “Never mind, he says enough for my purpose, which is to scare Curberry; belonging to the Society of Flies as he does. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells The scare and perplexity of his first discovery was now qualified by pride in this evidence of singularity and by vague intimations of advantage. The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

James Joyce Pyatt! He was all their daddies! — The father of scare journalism, Lenehan confirmed, and the brother-in-law of Chris Callinan. — Hello? . Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

He thrusts under my nose three rings, which looked very tiny on his big, brown palm, growling out — “‘For Maggie! Which?’ “I got a kind of scare at this. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anthony Trollope Everything about her was calculated to attract those whom she could not value, and to scare from her the sort of friend to whom she would fain have linked her lot. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

I don’t want to scare you, Laura. I only want to put you on your guard, so that you may have all the doors and shutters looked after with extra care to-night. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

It was only a month to the Twelfth, so Morag the falcon was not permitted on the moors, but he amused himself with flying her at pigeons and using her to scare the hoodies. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Walter Scott Off laced coat, and on brown jerkin; — lively colours scare fish in the sober waters of the Isle of Man; — faith, in London you will catch few, unless the bait glistens a little. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Anthony Trollope He ate and drank like a Christian, and only laughed aloud when some true defender of the Protestant faith attempted to scare him away out of the streets by carrying a gammon of bacon up on high. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

I was always afraid of her concealing herself in my room, and emerging at night to scare me. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

They said so to scare people away. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

They said that I was making such a noise I’d scare all the fish away, though actually I was making about half as much noise as anyone else there. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

I hope I didn’t scare the lady. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

I was going to try to scare Medina or to buy him, and I felt that both purposes were futile, for the awe of him was still like a black fog on my soul. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

The news of other Evallonians in the field, Evallonians of a darker hue than those at Knockraw, would only scare him, and Jaikie preferred an indignant Craw to a panicky one. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

A malformed foetus, as the readers of Winthrop’s Journal may remember, was enough to scare the colonists from their propriety, and suggest the gravest fears of portended disaster. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

She ain’t going to scare us. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Unless the frog is past recovery it has become a practice to scare the lizard, and to suggest to the frog the sanctuary of another hollow. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

T. E. Lawrence We marched through the Agida hills by a new road, Wadi Messarih, because of a scare of Turkish patrols on the more direct line. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He does nothing to scare the investor. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

R. D. Blackmore You know where to lay your hand upon this villain? You have had the sense not to scare him off?” “Sarten, your honor. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Sounds a triflin’ matter to scare a knockabout feller like me that’s sailed here and there pretty nigh all over the world, lived hard, and been treated rough. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells He was beginning to scare them, but now, they will forget these last bad years. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Virginia Woolf These papers in my private pocket — the clamour that proves that I have passed — make a faint sound like that of a man clapping in an empty field to scare away rooks. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

The spy — scare was at its height; probably all good Republicans did believe for a day or two that the P.O.U.M. was a huge spying organization in German pay. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Her exquisite superiority and innate refinement ought, one would think, to scare impertinence from her very idea. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

A priest will scare them and wound their dignity. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

H. G. Wells Where? Of course! We had it all over — a big dinner — oysters! — Colchester. I’d been there, just to show all this raid scare was nonsense. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Rudyard Kipling If you are fair-spoken and take an interest in their duties, they will allow you to sit with them through the long night and help to scare the ships into mid-channel. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Any male quail that was within hearing then came running towards you, and when he was underneath the net you threw a stone to scare him, whereupon he sprang into the air and was entangled in the net. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Rudyard Kipling I don’t want to scare anybody, but it seems to me that Nature’s going to audit her accounts with a big red pencil this summer. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Upon my soul, I thought you would! What made you do that? What on earth made you do that? I believe you are trying to scare me. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

In one story a monk crosses his legs to scare away the specter, but forgets and presently tumbles over. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was a stroke of positive genius on his part to see in the burglary scare which was convulsing the countryside an opportunity of plausibly getting rid of the man whom he feared. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Mark Twain But they’ll get the nigger pretty soon now, and maybe they can scare it out of him. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Henry Fielding I scare ever cut a piece of cloth in my life, nor was indeed much more able to fashion a coat than any gentleman in the kingdom. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

U Po Kyin was a very good judge of men, but he had erred in supposing that two anonymous letters were enough to scare Flory permanently away from his friend. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle See here, Mr. Headley, you put in that letter that you are going to send the universe--my! don’t I see the scare lines in the journals!--that we are at 27 North Latitude and 28. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

And indeed it would have had to be something incredibly awful to scare into a run a girl who had come to the end of her courage to live. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anne Bronte So I took the intermediate course of walking slowly but steadily towards them; resolving, if my approach failed to scare away the beau, to pass by and tell Miss Murray her mamma wanted her. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Rudyard Kipling WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride, He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

It is strange so reasonable a question from a wife should scare your sister from the room. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells This was my old childish nightmare of God and the flaming wheel; this was the sort of thing to scare ten year olds. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Edgar Allan Poe From this it required much effort and attention to scare them away. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James Lie to her — scare her away. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

You did not come here to scare me to death, for fun, did you?” The boy tried to explain in imperfect English, but very soon Lingard interrupted him. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

H. G. Wells Had a scare last night thinking that cat was at them, and when I looked out at the window could have sworn I see her getting in under the wire. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Do you think you can scare me? he asks, — you poor miserable skunk . The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Rafael Sabatini The other one was a barker that the captain had emptied that afternoon to scare the postilion of the gentleman he had robbed. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Henry James She perceived, or she believed she perceived, that Millicent wanted to scare her, to make her think she had come after Hyacinth; that she wished to inveigle, to corrupt him. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, the original scare having proved to be all a mistake, the prices naturally go up once more, and we get a long figure for all that we hold. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

R. D. Blackmore Heroes are in demand just now; and this young gentleman took such a scare in his very first fight that he became a hero, and so has behaved himself ever since. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

H. G. Wells At that, scare gave place to hilarity. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

Robert Louis Stevenson Rufe watched me, silently smoking, till I came to the place for the locator’s name at the end of the first copy; and when I proposed that he should sign, I thought I saw a scare in his eye. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Finally, all that dress-making in the house began to scare him with vague apprehensions in regard to his own dress. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Of course I refer to the ad pages; the rest of our exception is as offensive with pictures and scare heads as all the rest. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Arthur Conan Doyle I was heeled also, and I held up my gun to scare him off and let me get away. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

I think the fear you felt that past day must have left that sort of scare upon you. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

These things I say unto thee not as labouring to scare you from your set purpose with frights and fairy-babes: I know your quality too well. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Radclyffe Hall The pony, even more tired than his rider, jogged along with neck drooping and reins hanging slackly, too weary to shy at the ogreish shadows that were crouching ready to scare him. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

He found him with a houseful of people about him, women rubbing his arms and legs, and friends “making such a hellish noise” as they probably thought would scare away the devil of sickness. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Edith Wharton That kind of a syndicate doesn’t scare me much. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

Henry James I may be a great brute, but her scare amuses me. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu We should not scare them with this jocularity of devils. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Nellie Bly Later came a scare about a small-pox case on board, but it proved to be only a rumor, and early in the morning the revenue officers came aboard bringing the newspapers. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

As it was, those external pieties made a suspicion of a hollow contrast with realities that helped to scare me; yet it was but a suspicion — I could not be certain. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sir Walter Scott If the damsel herself would make a break, as ’tis not unlike she may, scare her back with rough words; she is but a paltry player’s wench after all. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

As for the skeletons, they were, without doubt, as mythical as the evil spirit, and in any case a few old bones were not to scare me from venturing to the boldly obvious summit of the mountain. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

A crowd like that would be enough to scare every fish in creation. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Leon Trotsky Lenin purposely tried to scare the other editors with my sup posed annoyance and possible estrangement from the Iskra. He used this merely as an additional argument, and nothing more. My Life by Leon Trotsky

In his early manhood, except for his volunteering in the war scare of 1859, he had taken no part in public life. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

When he got sick it used to scare that . The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle We’ve had such a scare here that no native will stay after sundown, and I mean to find out to-night what the cause of it all may be. The Fiend of the Cooperage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1897]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The wondrous love I bear you Has made one life of twain, And it will bless or scare you, In deathless peace or pain. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]