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frighten away

To scare a person or an animal away from a particular place or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "frighten" and "away" or after "away." Can you guys quit screaming at each other in the middle of the department? You're going to frighten away my 2 o'clock interview! I can do basic car repairs, but a major one like that would frighten me away, honestly. He shot his rifle in the air to frighten away the wolves.
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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.
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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
References in classic literature ?
Don't frighten her away. I can't bear the thought of her going out into the world to work.
How he longed to speak to her, but he dared not attempt it, for he was convinced that, like the young man, she would not understand him, and he feared, too, that he might frighten her away.
But I don't know how to raise the subject and I'm scared I wll frighten her away.
I'm scared of suggesting a date in case I say the wrong thing or frighten her away. - Jim, Virgo, Glasgow.
I didn't want to frighten her away. I just want to get out there now and find her and bring her back,'' he said.
Get to know her first and don't frighten her away by trying to take things further than she is ready for or can cope with.