frighten away

frighten away
1) PHRASAL VERB If you frighten away a person or animal or frighten them off, you make them afraid so that they run away or stay some distance away from you.

[V P n (not pron)] The fishermen said the company's seismic survey was frightening away fish...

[V n P] He fired into the air, hoping that the noise would frighten them off.

2) PHRASAL VERB To frighten someone away or frighten them off means to make them nervous so that they decide not to become involved with a particular person or activity.

[V n P] Building society repossessions have frightened buyers off...

[V P n (not pron)] The government is convinced that the bombers want to frighten away foreign investors.

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  • frighten away — index discourage, dissuade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • frighten away — phrasal verb frighten away or frighten off [transitive] Word forms frighten away : present tense I/you/we/they frighten away/off he/she/it frightens away/off present participle frightening away/off past tense frightened away/off past participle… …   English dictionary

  • frighten away — verb cause to lose courage (Freq. 1) dashed by the refusal • Syn: ↑daunt, ↑dash, ↑scare off, ↑pall, ↑frighten off, ↑scare away, ↑scare …   Useful english dictionary

  • frighten away/off — [phrasal verb] frighten (someone or something) 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. • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • frighten — fright|en [ˈfraıtn] v [T] to make someone feel afraid = ↑scare ▪ Don t stand so near the edge! You re frightening me. ▪ She was frightened by the anger in his eyes. ▪ Computers used to frighten me, but not now. frighten sb to death/frighten the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • frighten off — phrasal verb frighten away or frighten off [transitive] Word forms frighten away : present tense I/you/we/they frighten away/off he/she/it frightens away/off present participle frightening away/off past tense frightened away/off past participle… …   English dictionary

  • frighten — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To strike with fear] Syn. scare, alarm, terrify, daunt, dismay, cow, terrorize, shock, startle, dishearten, abash, dispirit, throw into a fright, raise apprehension, intimidate, deter, threaten, prey on the mind, badger,… …   English dictionary for students

  • frighten — frightenable, adj. frightener, n. frighteningly, adv. /fruyt n/, v.t. 1. to make afraid or fearful; throw into a fright; terrify; scare. 2. to drive (usually fol. by away, off, etc.) by scaring: to frighten away pigeons from the roof. v.i. 3 …   Universalium

  • frighten */*/ — UK [ˈfraɪt(ə)n] / US verb [transitive] Word forms frighten : present tense I/you/we/they frighten he/she/it frightens present participle frightening past tense frightened past participle frightened to make someone feel afraid, especially suddenly …   English dictionary

  • frighten off — verb cause to lose courage dashed by the refusal • Syn: ↑daunt, ↑dash, ↑scare off, ↑pall, ↑scare away, ↑frighten away, ↑scare • …   Useful english dictionary

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