frighten away


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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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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.
Before each sequence of blasting to form the waterfall shafts, engineers pumped high-pressure bubbles into the surrounding waters to frighten away fish.
THE vocal talents of Bath Rugby head coach Gary Gold are being played over a loudspeaker to frighten away pigeons at the club's ground.
The tunes are being used to frighten away the troublesome teenagers, who simply cannot stand the sound of these classical works.
Nightime: Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine has failed to frighten away the opposition for Friday's showpiece, including two who finished behind her
The rat then scampers off to frighten away his fellow rats with the constant bell ringing.
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.
Songs were sung, cider drunk, the tree trunk would be beaten and lots of noise would be made to frighten away any evil spirits and wake up the trees, with cow horns blown and buckets banged - and in more recent times, shotguns fired through the branches.
We personally do not feel threatened - the Maoists have declared they do not want to frighten away foreigners such as ourselves since we are helping the country to develop.
The answer of course is because it is said to frighten away all evil spirits.
The last thing we want is to frighten away our own residents.
But it doesn't frighten away trainers or bloodstock agents, because better brains than mine have long since proved that big-race winners come in all shapes and sizes.