scare away/off

phrasal verb

scared away/off; scaring away/off; scares away/off
: to cause (someone or something) to go away and stay away because of fear or because of possible trouble, difficulty, etc.
The dog scared the prowler away.
The noise scared off the birds.
Tourists have been scared off by the recent violence in the city.

Examples of scare away/off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The performance, a vibrant spectacle meant to scare away evil spirits and bestow good luck, brings together Chinese Americans in the historic part of downtown where many of their parents and grandparents had lived and socialized. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 This viral sensation packs a punch with a blaring siren and a bright strobe light designed to scare off any potential threats. Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 Speedy service is key for fast food restaurants, especially at the drive-thru, where a long line or a bad experience can scare off customers. Danielle Wiener-Bronner, CNN, 27 July 2023 The Chinese authorities are trying to scare off anyone who would help Jimmy Lai, or any other dissident. Nr Editors, National Review, 26 Jan. 2024 Hang Lanterns Because bright lights were said to scare off the monster in the original legend, fireworks and lanterns are typically used in the celebrations. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Jan. 2024 That sort of status and responsibility may scare off some people. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 23 Jan. 2024 Aid organizations worry that just the fear of running afoul of U.S. regulations could be enough to scare away shippers, banks and others in the commercial supply chain that Yemenis depend upon for survival. TIME, 17 Jan. 2024 Once pressure is applied, the siren emits a jarring sound that’s guaranteed to scare off intruders and alert you to the threat. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 31 Dec. 2023 See More

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“Scare away/off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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