scarecrow

Part of speech: noun

Any image set up to scare crows from growing crops.

Part of speech: noun

A cause of false alarm.

Part of speech: noun

A wretched- looking person.

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Usage examples "scarecrow":

  1. His voice had directed the attention of the whole town to Peter Goldthwaite's window, and to the dusty scarecrow which appeared at it. - "From-Twice-Told-Tales", Hawthorne, Nathaniel.
  2. This unpromising- looking person approached the priest and addressed him with an elaborate courtesy oddly out of keeping with his scarecrow- like appearance, but with words appropriate enough to the figure that he cut. - "Captain Dieppe", Anthony Hope.
  3. Then we must ask the Scarecrow. - "The Patchwork Girl of Oz", L. Frank Baum.