warn off

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

warn off (from someone or something)

To caution someone to leave or not to come near something. A noun or pronoun can either be used before or after "off." The government put up signs warning off any potential hikers from the area. I held my shotgun across my chest as I warned the ruffians off.
See also: off, someone, warn

warn someone off

to advise a person to stay away. We placed a guard outside the door to warn people off until the gas leak could be fixed. The guards warned off everyone in the vicinity.
See also: off, warn

warn off

To notify someone to go or stay away: The sheriff warned them off the private property.
See also: off, warn
References in periodicals archive ?
Hampton's thug soon tries to violently warn off McQuire.
More than 30 straw men are expected to be on display as the village does its best to well and truly warn off birds for the day.
It had hoped to hold swift inquiries into whether to warn off a number of men linked last month to an international
Pensioners will also be able to detach a poster which can be placed in their window to warn off callers.
People flirt with smiles and warn off rivals with sneers.