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 I'm glad I didn't frighten him off with my gun," remarked Tom grimly.
"I think you had better write a pretty note for me to take; Phil is so sensitive, you know, the least thing might frighten him off coming at all, and we had hard work to get him.
After Eric Anderson made an attempt to break in to the woman's home through a window, the woman armed herself and yelled a warning, hoping to frighten him off without a shot.
He managed to get away with a lot of equipment, but I managed to frighten him off before he could get everything he wanted.
I love him and I don't want to do anything to frighten him off.
I am very embarrassed about discussing this with him and don't want to frighten him off, but how can I find out if he is sleeping with girls?
I'mhesitant to make too much of a fuss about this because I don't want to frighten him off. Should I just accept this?
"There was actually no one in the house but it was enough to frighten him off. He backed off - but still had a smile on his face.
But he has been strongly linked with Inter's brilliant Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos, although the crazy price of pounds 9m is enough to frighten him off.
But Quinn made this affair public to frighten him off. Blunkett is trying to show nothing she does will stop him.
You wouldn't want to frighten him off by getting too intense, too early.