scare (someone or something) away

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scare (someone or something) away

1. Literally, to fill someone or something with fear 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.
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scare away

or scare off
v.
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.
See also: away, scare