scare tactic

This page is about the collocation scare tactic

collocation pattern: noun + noun

Meaning

a tactic that uses fear to make people behave a certain way

For example

  • Creating fear of foreigners is one of the oldest scare tactics there is.

  • There's no real threat. It's just a scare tactic to make us accept increases in military spending.

Quick Quiz

Scare tactics are used in order to

a. warn us of danger

b. make us do something

c. help us to cope with fear

Contributor: Matt Errey