Meaning of scare tactic in English:

scare tactic


  • A strategy intended to manipulate public opinion about a particular issue by arousing fear or alarm.

    ‘we need facts, not scare tactics and false information’
    • ‘Many abstinence-only programs use scare tactics to make their case that premarital sex has negative consequences.’
    • ‘One of the central findings was that positive messages, as opposed to traditional health scare tactics, are required to persuade people to change their diet.’
    • ‘Clearly, manufacturers are resorting to scare tactics as public distrust of pharmaceutical companies and vaccines grows.’
    • ‘They were accused of scare tactics last night after claiming the Chancellor plans a 40 per cent tax on profits from house sales.’
    • ‘The music industry's anti-download scare tactics just won't wash.’
    • ‘And isn't it an abuse of power for a public official, in an official communication, to be engaging in scare tactics in an effort to influence how his subordinates vote?’
    • ‘Instead of a grown-up debate as to how best to help our public services, she is resorting to scare tactics.’
    • ‘Today's anti-drug programs claim to have replaced all the scare tactics of years past with good, solid information about the physiological effects of drug use.’
    • ‘One Congressional study found 80 percent of these programs contained false information and scare tactics, not science.’
    • ‘European officials, rattled by recent rejections of the EU constitution, are using scare tactics to try to win people's support.’
    • ‘Expect more Kyoto doomsday scare tactics from the party's leadership.’
    • ‘Historically, main-stream prevention programs were largely didactic and used scare tactics to alter children's attitudes and dissuade them from using drugs.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, with a population that has not been taught to think deeply, these scare tactics often achieve their desired results.’
    • ‘Police officers have been left shocked by the scare tactics used by a ruthless crook who stole the savings of a 90-year-old Upavon woman.’
    • ‘I find myself taken back by his sad lack of facts and willingness to use these scare tactics to further his agenda.’
    • ‘He is convinced popular opposition is due to the scare tactics of 'pressure groups.'’
    • ‘We should not allow these scare tactics to succeed.’
    • ‘How much of this is really true and how much is a scare tactic to make us panic and want to go back to living off the land?’
    • ‘He said the notices were not a scare tactic, but a way of giving people information.’
    • ‘Lawyers for the victims viewed the move as a scare tactic to keep others from coming forward.’