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deter (someone or something) from (something)

To cause or encourage someone not to do something. The threat of rain deterred us from going to the beach this weekend.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

deter someone or something from something

to prevent or discourage someone or a group from doing something. We can't seem to deter them from leaving. They were not deterred from their foolish ways.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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That is not to say that the United States should stint on its efforts to prevent, deny, disrupt, or defeat; those are valuable capabilities in and of themselves, since some adversaries may not be dissuaded from acquiring or improving capabilities or deterred from using them.
The poll was carried out by market information company TNS, the survey showed Forty per cent of women, compared with 21 per cent of men, were deterred from visiting London; n Twenty one per cent of Britons, and 33 per cent of those living in Greater London, said security fears had put them off using public transport Only 14 per cent of French and eight per cent of Germans were put off using public transport in their own countries Seventy one per cent of Britons, 68 per cent of Germans and 49 per cent of French would be prepared to accept delays and longer journey times or higher costs if it meant tighter security on trains and buses.
We call this type of underinvestment "coordination failure" underinvestment--there exists an equilibrium where entry is deterred, but coordination failure may lead to one that allows entry and yields lower payoffs to all incumbents.
One is tempted, but deterred. What deters is a certain background sound: grating and insistent, it registers unmistakably as the grinding of an axe.
In Michigan field tests of a goby-laden river, a small version of the device deterred "almost 100 percent" of the gobies.
"I question how reporting on internal by independent auditors is going to deter fraudulent financial reporting resulting from cooked books when management is not deterred by the requirement for an annual audit and is able to conceal the fraud during that audit," Schuetze said during a symposium in Washington, D.C.
If the CFO and his staff do their job correctly, raiders will be deterred from coming after the company and effective defenses will be in place if they do.
And who knows how many terrrorists or self-proclaimed Messiahs were deterred from trying in the first place?
FORMER troops are being deterred from joining the police force by new rules, fears a former minister.
Despite the fact that there is the death penalty law at that time, it never deterred the criminals from committing their acts.
PPP was neither deterred earlier nor will be deterred in future, he said.
businesses deterred by the extra cost of locating to Wales...
The Commonwealth 5,000m silver medallist, who insists she will not be deterred from a career in road racing, claimed she was fully recovered from feeling "dizzy and delirious" in the final 800m of her debut half-marathon race on Sunday, in which she finished fourth.
The success of any sting operation often is measured by the number of potential offenders deterred from committing similar crimes because of the perceived chance for arrest.
is not likely to be deterred: His subsidy of a ghostwriter for John's best-seller, Profiles in Courage, got the boy the best public platform that money could buy - without a penny of "campaign finance." It is unlikely that either a power-hungry millionaire or a lobbyist wishing to grease some ADM ethanol subsidy-type raid on the public purse will be discouraged because the loopholes are so easily negotiated by the pros - a snap, apparently, even to those whose only language is Thai.