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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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Firstly, the emergency vehicles only use their noisy alarms when necessary ie not on empty dual carriageways and also that ambulances have a completely different and recognisable tone so the public know this is a helpful alarm - not a high decibel wailing to frighten off burglars, speedsters, robbers and the rest.
This is normally a hotly contested race, but with Detroit City, the general second favourite for the Champion Hurdle, running off a mark of 148, there is every chance he will frighten off the opposition.
Cymuned chief executive Aran Jones added: 'I hope this scarecrow will frighten off potential colonists.
Wildlife campaigners warn today there are fewer song birds left for them to frighten off the land.
Surely that will be enough to frighten off any unwanted visitors?
The suits at PWC are saying that the threat by SAIC is a tactic to frighten off buyers, so it can mop up what's left at silly money.
BULLDOZERS failed to frighten off Barry residents determined to save a historic link between their homes and the town centre.
With the Sagitta Guineas meeting only 11 days away, there has been concern that the virus may frighten off foreign raiders, such as the French-trained Sagitta 1,000 Guineas favourite Six Perfections.
TOTTENHAM are set to offer midfielder Michael Brown a new three-year deal to try to frighten off Aston Villa.
Ahead in the polls two years from an election, genuine threat would frighten off buyers.
Their best bid so far of pounds 6m is short of Villa's valuation of over pounds 8m but that will not frighten off Arsenal who, despite signing Sylvain Wiltord for pounds 12.
But there are concerns criminal proceedings could frighten off young victims from going to the police.
They are looking for more than pounds 8million for the player - but that will not frighten off Arsenal who, despite signing French striker Sylvain Wiltord for pounds 12.
Squid and zebrafish can both change colour to attract mates and to frighten off predators.
For the past six years Grace Robertson has been employed to frighten off flocks of Barnacle Geese which fly in from the Arctic and destroy farmers' crops.