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scare (someone or something) away
1. Literally, to frighten someone or something and cause them to flee. Thankfully, John was able to scare the puma away by shouting and swinging a big stick at it. We've tried to scare the kids away from the old quarry by telling them ghost stories about it.
2. To cause someone or something to depart due to apprehension, displeasure, or uncertainty. The company's CEO has scared investors away with his unpredictable, inflammatory statements. I think his intense desire for a committed relationship may have scared Janet away.
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scare someone or something away (from someone or something)
to frighten someone or something away from someone or something. He put on a gruff exterior to scare everyone away from him. The bear scared away a lot of people from the campground.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
scare awayor scare off
To cause someone or something to leave or to stay away due to fear: The kidnappings have scared tourists away. The farmer put up a scarecrow to scare away the birds.
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.