terrorize (one) out of (something)

terrorize (one) out of (something)

1. To cause, compel, or force one to leave something or some place through the use of fear, violence, or intimidation. Marauders have been terrorizing local residents out of their homes. The mafia terrorized local business owners out of town who refused to pay protection money.
2. To cause, compel, or force one not to do something because of violence, intimidation, or harassment. This political party has begun an organized campaign of terrorizing its opponents out of having their voices heard. The fascist government is trying to terrorize people out of forming an organized rebellion.
See also: of, out, terrorize