frighten off(redirected from frightens off)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.
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" or after "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.