scare up (someone or something)(redirected from scare something up)
scare up (someone or something)
To collect, assemble, or produce something after a lengthy search or with a considerable amount of effort. I managed to scare up enough cash to get a bus out to Vancouver to see my girlfriend this weekend. How are we ever going to scare up enough people together to form a team by this weekend? Take Jenkins into the countryside and see if you can scare something up for us to eat.
scare someone or something up
Rur. to search for and find someone or something. Go out in the kitchen and scare some food up. I'll see if I can scare up somebody to fix the broken chair.
Also, scrape together or up . Assemble or produce with considerable effort, as in We managed to scare up extra chairs for the unexpectedly large audience, or He managed to scrape together enough cash to buy two more tickets. The first term alludes to scare in the sense of "flush game out of cover" and dates from the mid-1800s; the variant, alluding to scratching or clawing for something, was first recorded in 1549. Also see scrape up an acquaintance.
To gather or prepare something with a lot of effort or ingenuity: They managed to scare up some folding chairs for the unexpected crowd. I'll go in the kitchen and try to scare something up from among the leftovers.