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    scare merchants

    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "scare merchants"

    A cop says "I don't like scare merchants"

    Does that mean "I don't like cowards"?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: scare merchants

    No, it doesn't mean “cowards”.

    “Scare merchants” are people who try to make other people scared. It can mean trying to make other people scared of one particular thing, or just scared in general.

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    #3

    Re: scare merchants

    We can also use the word scaremonger.

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    Re: scare merchants

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    No, it doesn't mean “cowards”.

    “Scare merchants” are people who try to make other people scared. It can mean trying to make other people scared of one particular thing, or just scared in general.
    Then, it's a possibility that he is refering to himself?

    Thanks.

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    Re: scare merchants

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Then, it's a possibility that he is referring to himself?
    Highly unlikely.

    Can you post the sentences/lines that preceded your line?

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    #6

    Re: scare merchants

    he is a cop guarding a lady. The lady wants him to do anything to rid her of the one chasing her.

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    Re: scare merchants

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    he is a cop guarding a lady. The lady wants him to do anything to rid her of the one chasing her.
    The he thinks that the lady is a scare merchant. He believes that the person chasing her is either not really chasing her, or is a figment of her imagination.

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    Re: scare merchants

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The he thinks that the lady is a scare merchant. He believes that the person chasing her is either not really chasing her, or is a figment of her imagination.
    Then it means "scared people"! right?

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    Re: scare merchants

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Then it means "scared people"! right?
    Not necessarily. Munch explained in post #2 what it means. Scaremongers/Scare merchants may or may not themselves be scared.

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