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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.
See also: away, frighten
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: away, frighten
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The intention was purely to frighten them away by the vast numbers of bowmen which we could muster upon our walls.
As there were many instruments, clothes, and men on shore, it was thought necessary to frighten them away. The first time a few great guns were fired, when they were far distant.
you frighten them away,' cried someone on deck dis- consolately.
"They haven't taken a huge amount off but birds are nesting there and the noise will frighten them away" Flintshire transport chief Steve Jones said hedges were only cut during the nesting season if there were safety concerns.
"They were eating a lot of the nuts from the birdfeeder, and weren't a bit scared when a gang of magpies came and tried to frighten them away."
"The Karachi natives were astounded.  I drove the engine myself of course at slow speed - the natives thronging all around, I was fearful of some accident.  At last I thought I should frighten them away, so I blew the engine steam whistle loudly.
"Methods such as these don't disturb the animals - they don't frighten them away and can cover much larger areas than current methods," said Sarah, a former project officer at CBMWC and a current volunteer.
The birds of prey do not attack or kill the gulls, but simply frighten them away with their presence.
People are also advised to not set their dogs on the muntjacs in a bid to frighten them away as the family pet could come off worse if it corners a buck with 5in antlers.
"He never ever intended to hurt anybody, he just wanted to frighten them away. He had had enough.
She said she decided to take a knife out of the kitchen "because I wanted to frighten them away and sort out the trouble and to protect myself."
You'd expect it to frighten them away. He's either stupid or just setting out to scare the kids.
"You can't frighten them away, the only way to control them is by killing them."
The stigma attached to Archbishop Lefebvre is that of "disobedience" and the word "excommunicated" which is always put forth to remind the lay people and frighten them away. All other "denominations" are praised and are welcome with the exception of traditional Catholics.
But rather than frighten them away from union activity, the experience only taught them that better tactics were needed for unionization to succeed.
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