1An object made to resemble a human figure, set up to scare birds away from a field where crops are growing.
- The purpose of the scarecrow is to scare crows away from your crop, but the crows have grown wise over the years and no longer fear it.
- Designed for reasons other than the shooing of birds, her scarecrows frequently stood inside the yard, beneath trees, in corners of enclosed spaces.
- More than 30 elaborate scarecrows are peering from hedgerows, fields and chimney pots, as part of the annual scarecrow competition.
1.1 informal A person who is very badly dressed, odd-looking, or thin: a gaunt little scarecrow in threadbare workhouse clothes she has reduced herself to a scarecrow [as modifier]: scarecrow tatters
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- It turns out Emeraldas is already there, silently having a drink, and everyone is struck with awe when she pulls back her cloak and they see her scarecrow thin scarred self.
- Maury doffed his fedora and ran a hand through his scarecrow hair and told me that he had lived in terror as a boy because his father was a drunk.
- This will not prevent their ‘discovery’ after the event, but few any longer attach much importance to this tattered scarecrow.
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