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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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"However," she added, with a little laugh, "I don't want to frighten you away, and I know what would happen if I began to talk about our adventure.
I was going to tell you a month ago--at the time you agreed to be mine, but I could not; I thought it might frighten you away from me.
But, like most people, the prices of such establishments often frighten you away.
Flawed studies are often used to frighten you away from taking supplements and make you feel more comfortable about taking prescription drugs.
However, don't let all this frighten you away from your regular swim.
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