scare off

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scare off

To frighten a person or an animal away from a particular place or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scare" and "off" or after "off." Can you guys quit screaming at each other in the middle of the department? You're going to scare off my 2 o'clock interview! I can do basic car repairs, but a major one like that would scare me off, honestly. He shot his rifle in the air to scare off the wolves.
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scare (someone or an animal) off

to frighten someone or an animal away. The dog's barking scared the burglar off. The barking scared off the prowler.
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He said the driver pulled out a torch, flashing it into the eyes of the would-be muggers to scare them off.
Cat The Bundesliga side attempted to scare them off by putting the massive price tag on his head.
Aberdeenshire Council called in Harris hawks to scare them off - but it seems gallus gulls have turned the tables.
There is, however, an environmentally friendly, cost effective and simple solution for those people who really don't want them near their property - a decoy peregrine falcon to scare them off.
The officer, based at Catford Police Station, said that he and his colleagues charged at the mob - despite them being so few in their number - in a bid to scare them off.
You can also surround the area with strips of tin foil tied on to bamboo canes to scare them off.
In bear country, it's always good to be loud to scare them off, so hooking on clanking pots or tools on the outside of the pack is a good way of making noise, as long as it does not get in the way of your movement.
Surely common sense would dictate that robbers are not going to go near while all this police activity is taking place so presumably the police do not intend to catch the criminals, just scare them off while causing the maximum apprehension and danger to the public.
He said, 'I've had enough of those pigeons settling on my roof so I though I would scare them off.
I have tried tying things on the tree to scare them off but they soon get used to it.
She complained she had been followed home by a group of men who pestered her and Wall used the knife to try and scare them off.
Police managed t o scare them off once, but the animals returned to get more of the tempting fruits.
Pigeons and their droppings were a big problem for the Second Division club until ground staff introduced replica owls in the Recreation Park stand to scare them off.