scare (someone) away from (something)

scare (someone) away from (something)

To influence someone to not do something or to avoid or stop doing something because they are frightened or intimidated. Stop making it sound way harder than it is. We don't want to scare the new guy away from the job on his first day! The posters are intended to scare kids away from trying cigarettes by showing their gruesome long-term effects.
See also: away, scare