terrify or an animal out of
terrify someone or an animal out of something
1. to terrify someone or an animal to leave something or some place. The attackers terrified the farmers out of their homes. The snake terrified the gophers out of their burrow.
2. to cause someone or an animal to lose something through fear. They tried to terrify the old lady out of her money, but she refused to tell where it was. The eagle terrified the hawk out of the food it was holding.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.