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." 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.
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He now had five shots remaining and there were still eighteen warriors to be accounted for, so that unless he could frighten them off, it was evident that his fate was sealed.
The problem is so bad she had to get rid of her two dogs as the rats would fight to get their food and AMANDA Co Cork frighten them off. They have eaten through her wheelie bin, garden shed, climbed her back wall and roam freely around her gardens, leaving her terrified.
stamping feet help as snakes pick up on vibration and this can help to frighten them off."
It needs to make sure that its new Socialist Party friends doesn't frighten them off.
Make sure you sit quietly so you don't frighten them off, as birds get spooked pretty easily.
They were foiled when a Laing worker pressed a panic button and activated a smoke system which took just seconds to disorientate the raiders and frighten them off.
Cartier, we are sure, would welcome constructive criticism and useful suggestions, but to tell them their participation is lightweight is a surefire way to frighten them off.
"I want to encourage them to bake more and don''t want to frighten them off. I don''t want them to cry if they don''t do it right.
He had used it to frighten them off, but they had kept advancing on him, he told the court.
"All she did was scream loudly and wave the knife to try to frighten them off. She is not looking to be a vigilante, and has the utmost respect for the law.
Spurs have not lived up to expectations this season and the price tag stamped on Davies' head will not frighten them off.
'In saying this, the family believe that if she encountered a threatening stranger in the house, she would have had a go and screamed in an attempt to frighten them off.'
The second is to shout at the burglar and try to frighten them off. But although this might work, it could just as easily lead to violence.
He said that he fired the gun from waist level into the road intending the bullet to ricochet and frighten them off.
Don't frighten them off by making them commit for an entire year.
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