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English definition of “frighten sb/sth away/off”

frighten sb/sth away/off

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with frighten   /ˈfraɪ.tən/ us  
to make a person or animal feel fear in order to make them go away: Be quiet or you'll frighten the deer off. to make someone so nervous that they decide not to do something: Many potential buyers were frightened off by the £1 million price tag.
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