frighten (one) in

frighten (one) in

To scare or intimidate a person or animal into entering some place or thing. Ultimately, I had to frighten the dog in because we were already running late, and she wasn't listening to any of my commands. Frighten the children in if you have to—just get them indoors before this storm hits.
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