frighten off

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frighten off

To scare a person or an animal away from a particular place or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "frighten" and "off" or after "off." Can you guys quit screaming at each other in the middle of the department? You're going to frighten off my 2 o'clock interview! I can do basic car repairs, but a major one like that would frighten me off, honestly. He shot his rifle in the air to frighten off the wolves.
See also: frighten, off
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"Well, that's partly true, Master Marner," said Dolly, sympathetically; "and if you can't bring your mind to frighten her off touching things, you must do what you can to keep 'em out of her way.
I understand you're worried that you might frighten her off, but if you think there's a chance of a proper future with her, then honesty probably is the best policy.
I understand you're worried that you might frighten her off but if you think there's a chance of a proper future with her, then honesty probably is the best policy.
She gets more than she bargained for when the mobster unleashes his chief hatchet man (Alec Baldwin) to frighten her off. With a death threat to her boy hanging over her, she has to twist an open-and-shut case and get a Not Guilty verdict.
I don't want to frighten her off, but I also need to know if anything could happen between us, because if she says "no", I don't know if I'll be able to look her in the face again, or at least be nearly as comfortable with her again.
She may not have fully assessed where she wants to go in life and you could frighten her off if you charge in, all guns blazing, with talk of romance.
This might either shame her into being more responsible or frighten her off.
At first I didn't tell her I'm divorced and have a child because I didn't want to frighten her off but she knows about it now.
But it means Lorraine is in for a torrid time in the coming weeks as she prepares for the action against ex-boyfriend Shanahan, who will stop at nothing to frighten her off pursuing the action that could put him behind bars.Viewers will recall how she ended up being stalked by the doctor before he finally dragged her into the local Bistro in Carrigstown, and raped her.