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.
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"Dolce & Gabbana thought the letter would frighten us off and we'd roll over without a fight.
We must not allow vested interests to frighten us off extracting the shale gas.
"So it's up to us again, and players like Arshavin are not going to frighten us off."
Mr Blair is a dab hand at playing with words, and cautions us to 'distinguish very clearly' between a personal attack and a political one, but the plain fact is that with eight years of enjoying a massive parliamentary majority and public mandate coupled with an economy left in good potential shape by the Conservatives, Labour should not have to be trying to frighten us off the opposition.
Its critics (usually vegetarians) say it has been linked to cancer, and with cancer striking one in three of us, such a claim is enough to frighten us off red meat altogether.
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