Scarecrow meaning

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A crude image or effigy of a person set up in a field to scare birds away from growing crops.
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A gaunt or haggard person.
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Anything set up in a field to scare birds away from crops, usually a figure of a man made with sticks, old clothes, etc.
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A person regarded as resembling a scarecrow in some way, as in being repellent or unattractive.
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Anything that frightens one but is actually not harmful.
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An effigy, typically made of straw and dressed in old clothes, fixed to a pole in a field to deter birds from eating seeds or crops planted there.
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(figuratively, pejorative) A tall, thin, awkward person.
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(figuratively) Anything that appears terrifying but offers no danger.

A scarecrow set to frighten fools away. "” Dryden.

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A person clad in rags and tatters.

No eye hath seen such scarecrows. I'll not march with them through Coventry, that's flat. "” Shakespeare.

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(UK, dialect) A bird, the black tern.
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To splay rigidly outward, like the arms of a scarecrow.
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Something frightening but not dangerous.
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Origin of scarecrow