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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.
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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.
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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.
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"What, has she frightened away some of your lovers?
In the meantime he detached five of his free trappers to scour the hills, and kill as many elk as possible, before the main body should enter, as they would then be soon frightened away by the various Indian hunting parties.
"Well, Miss Woodhouse," he almost immediately began, "your inclination for dancing has not been quite frightened away, I hope, by the terrors of my father's little rooms.
Of late he had become more accustomed to it with the passing of many soldiers through his ancient hunting ground, and as the soldiers had frightened away a great part of the game Sheeta had been wont to feed upon, the days had been lean, and Sheeta was hungry.
Sometimes Manu would come running early in the morning to awaken Tarzan and tell him that Bara, the deer, was feeding close at hand, or that Horta, the boar, was asleep in a mudhole hard by, and in return Tarzan broke open the shells of the harder nuts and fruits for Manu, or frightened away Histah, the snake, and Sheeta, the panther.
They say the same thing over and over again so emphatically that I think it must be something nasty about me; but I shall not let myself be frightened away by the sarcasm of owls.
A spokesman said: "We do not advocate bikes or footballs on the park, this allows the wild fallow deer to venture onto the park and next to the holiday homes and not be frightened away, so you can be within a few feet and experience this special unique situation." Visit www.silvertreesholidaypark.co.uk
A combination of the country's emaciated economy, which now exhibits the craziest macroeconomic statistics, its lethal prolonged financial uncertainty, unprofitable internal political squabbling, and regional instability and war-mongering, have frightened away not only foreign investors, but also compelled local industry to sit on the fence and watch developments from the sidelines.
Racecourses will have to spend some of that cash -- or watch as a large chunk of that customer base is frightened away by yobs.
A spokesman for the pub said the alarm was fixed and when the burglars returned last week they were frightened away when the alarm sounded.
Sgt Kelvin Lecomber from Kirklees Burglary Team said: "While the family dog frightened away the suspects, this has clearly been a very frightening experience for the victim.
"The major challenges Tunisia are the economic downturn, soaring unemployment, and terrorist attacks that frightened away tourists.
The independent, R-rated film was able to capitalize on a weekend the studios were frightened away from.
All five ducklings were brought to safety during the incident on Monday but unfortunately, the mother duck was frightened away by the commotion and could not be located once the rescue was complete.
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