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frighten someone or something away

 and frighten someone or something off
to scare someone or something off. The noise frightened the burglar away. Something frightened away the prowlers. The high prices frightened the shoppers off.
See also: away, frighten

frighten away

or frighten off
v.
To cause someone or something to leave or to stay away due to fear: The sound of my shotgun frightened the crows away. The alarm frightened away the burglar. The big dog frightens off unwanted guests. The scary-looking house frightened neighborhood children off.
See also: away, frighten
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Any sensible government and its security services knows that you don't frighten away law-breakers by setting up road blocks and the like which they can see a mile away and circumvent, but invite them to travel along a route which you have prepared beforehand.
In my opinion, a company that contracts with someone to frighten away their pigeons needs to do a better follow-up in the area to see what impact that has," Deputy Chief Barrieau said.
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The still-living must dress in ghoulish costumes and unite to frighten away those spirits.
But Donald is working hard to extend the seven-year association of CIS with the competition and denies the lack of excitement being generated in Livingston and Dunfermline will frighten away the sponsors.
Opposite a main entrance they may frighten away clients, however.
The Arabs, he said, had to govern well or they would frighten away the investing public and let extremists in.
Instead, it is the duty of boys to frighten away the baboons.
For a moment I imagined how simple it would be if we today could only stamp our little huarached feet and frighten away all our enemies.
Though these categories appear throughout, they do little analytic work--and I fear they will frighten away undergraduate and non-academic readers.
So it would appear that Plaid espouses independence privately, to placate its supporters, but this must never be stated publicly, because it might frighten away potential voters.
The `Effaroucheurs' are precisely what their name inters - intimidators whose job it is to frighten away not only the thousands of birds but also the tens of thousands of rabbits that inhabit the grassland around Orly's busy runways.
Requiring the sites' users to identify or register themselves would frighten away those who depend upon the anonymity and confidentiality of the service.
The title refers to an incident near the end of the story, when Okada accidentally kills a wild goose with a stone intended to frighten away a flock of geese.
Germans complain of high taxes, rising social security contributions, and east Germany's development costs which frighten away foreign companies and drive German manufacturers abroad.