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Definition of frighten away/off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

frighten away/off

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Phrasal Verbs

    frighten somebody/somethingaway/off

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    frighten somebody away from something

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    frighten something away from something

     
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  1. 1  to make a person or an animal go away by making them feel afraid He threatened the intruders with a gun and frightened them off. Synonymsfrightenscare alarm terrifyThese words all mean to make somebody afraid.frighten to make somebody feel afraid, often suddenly:He brought out a gun and frightened them off.scare to make somebody feel afraid:They managed to scare the bears away.alarm to make somebody anxious or afraid:It alarms me that nobody takes this problem seriously. Alarm is used when somebody has a feeling that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen in the future; the feeling is often more one of worry than actual fear.terrify to make somebody feel extremely afraid:Flying terrified her.frighten or scare?Scare is slightly more informal than frighten.Patterns to frighten/​scare somebody/​something away/​off to frighten/​scare/​terrify somebody into doing something It frightens/​scares/​alarms/​terrifies me that… It frightens/​scares/​alarms/​terrifies me to think, see, etc.
  2. 2  to make somebody afraid or nervous so that they no longer want to do something The high prices have frightened off many customers.
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