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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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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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March, frightening away a big black cricket that was staring Teddy out of countenance.
"Th' young measter's a merry mon," Kester frequently remarked; for having begun his career by frightening away the crows under the last Martin Poyser but one, he could never cease to account the reigning Martin a young master.
Tiffany is afraid that her glamorous profession might be frightening away potential suitors.
The country has been delaying payments to oil and gas firms because political upheaval since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 has battered its economy, frightening away tourists and investors, and cutting into tax revenues.
However, his presence also appeared to be frightening away much of the opposition with only three other names in the book up to yesterday morning.
Garage owner Robert Walker, of Great Northern Street Motors, said last week that women offering sex for sale at all hours of the day and night, and their pimps, were frightening away customers.
'They are quite frightening at home, but we can also be just as frightening away with a decent record on the road and we will be out to cause a few problems.
"Class-action lawsuits not only damage the American small-business sector with their excess damage awards and legal costs, but they also have a more sinister impact by chilling the entrepreneurial spirit, frightening away many business innovators and the jobs they would create," Shay said.
There is no doubt that Birmingham International Airport offers excellent services for business travellers on major carriers but frightening away budget airlines like Ryanair by asking for too much money is simply adding a further disservice to the local community.
But the peace and quiet does not last for long when a homesick Charlotte Church appears beside her and insists on singing about her favourite things (a la Maria from the Sound of Music) to make her feel better, frightening away the mosquitoes, spiders and snakes, as well as the fish.
The fourth factor is "lack of kids," with a high proportion of singles in parts of the city suppressing consumption and frightening away retailers, according to some analysts.
They picked out Salou as one of their targets for a beach bomb campaign aimed at frightening away tourists in consecutive summers starting four years ago.
They say girls offering sex for sale at all hours of the day and night are frightening away customers.
"I can appeal to the camper elements of the fan base and it's not frightening away the builders that I pass on the street," she says.
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