frighten away

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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." 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 ?
You wanted to frighten him away from expense, and we want to frighten him into it.
The slightest movement would frighten him away and only by infinite patience might he be captured at all.
Adam himself has a Staffordshire bull terrier and said he was not going to let the attack frighten him away from dogs.
A practical sort of chap, Thomas was determined that no devils, never mind how many of them there might be, would frighten him away, and he even had the audacity to lay down some traps.
The gang targeted the home of 18-year-old Ateeq Rehman in a bid to frighten him away from giving evidence in a kidnap and assault case in Newcastle.
One of my friends says to go for it, but another says it is too risky and I could frighten him away.
I think we read only the words of a man who wanted to put the record straight at last, for himself and for she who died, and I'm delighted that even Al Fayed's filthy lucre could not frighten him away from doing so.
The demands of a love offered him by Natalya Alekseyevna frighten him away. Rudin eventually does try to act and loses his life for it.
I only meant to fire a shot at him at the back door to frighten him away. I thought he'd turn and run away.
I meant to fire a shot to frighten him away." Nally said that after Ward was hit there was a struggle.