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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As for saying, "If we're still together", maybe he didn't want to frighten you off in the early stages of your relationship by talking about the future, especially when both of you have a failed marriage behind you.
She said: "Whatever threats are made to frighten you off, they pale into insignificance compared to the deep seated happiness that comes from being set free through the judicial process.
"I don't mean to frighten you off, it's just fun, it's just fun," the Dialy Mail quoted the lyrics of the song.
I don't mean to frighten you off, it's just fun," the Mirror quoted the lyrics of the song.
But he told her: "Let me be clear, we say that the intention was to scare you, to frighten you off, leaving Jakub behind, and it was not with the intention to kill you."
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