Meaning of scarecrow

scare•crow

Pronunciation: (skâr'krō"), [key]
— n.
  1. an object, usually a figure of a person in old clothes, set up to frighten crows or other birds away from crops.
  2. anything frightening but not really dangerous.
  3. a person in ragged clothes.
  4. an extremely thin person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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