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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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The real Al-Qaida ship bound for Britain was frightened off by the raid.
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In the editor's view, concentration by musicologists on written polyphony and especially on its technical characteristics has frightened off historians and students of the Renaissance.
Eight would-be robbers frightened off only because their intended victim was armed.
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National governments had a democratic mandate that gave them a right and even a duty to intervene in charting the strategic course for their economies; tO make the far-sighted investments that frightened off the capitalists; to tax the rich in order to invest in the poor; and to try to bring into sensible harness policies aimed simultaneously at both the national security and the national prosperity.
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Some feared the high rollers might be frightened off. Au contraire.
Two-year-old Toby - who weighs 10lbs and is 2ft long - is thought to have frightened off the raiders, who managed to escape with a laptop, iPad and First World War medal belonging to Kimberley's great grandad.
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Harry Shaw, 79, was closing his front gate when he was struck on the head from behind, but his pet dog barked and frightened off the attacker.
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The sight and noise of this large number of people frightened off the Welsh and the earl was saved.
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