frighten away/off

phrasal verb

frightened away/off; frightening away/off; frightens away/off
: to cause (someone or something) to go away or stay away because of fear
The dog frightened the prowler away.
Tourists have been frightened off by the violence in the city.

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“Frighten away/off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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