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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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Deters grew up in small-town Illinois where, "I picked up some ambition.
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* Tailoring communications: Others focus on the distinctive problem of communicating intent--specifically the kinds of messages the United States would send in its words or actions that contribute to (or detract from) its efforts to deter specific actors, in both peacetime and crisis situations.
If the actual equilibrium realized in the industry deters entry, then each incumbent has overinvested in the sense that each would have been better off by producing less and allowing entry.
The first is to maintain a robust presence overseas aimed at shaping the international security environment in a manner that deters would-be aggressors, strengthens friends and allies, and promotes peace and stability in regions of tension.
What deters is a certain background sound: grating and insistent, it registers unmistakably as the grinding of an axe.
When a person bites into horseradish, it bites back--producing a stinging sensation that deters many people from taking a second mouthful.
Mazel also noted a fee could deter less affluent owners from filing a protest just as the index number fee often deters them from continuing with a meritorious case.
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He said Duterte is misled into thinking that death penalty deters crimes.
Where red tape and bureaucracy deters employers from taking on apprentices, we'll sweep it away."
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Tecco Corporation of Suffern, New York, has introduced the Zip-R-Lock, a twist-snap device that can be attached to any zipper or bag closure to deter pickpocketing and casual theft.