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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." 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.
See also: off, scare
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: off, scare
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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