scare away/off

phrasal verb
scared away/off; scaring away/off; scares away/off

Definition of scare 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.

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