frighten away

Meaning: If you frighten away something or someone, you make them go away by making them feel afraid.

Synonym: scare off

For example:

  • frighten sth/sb away Farmers build scarecrows in their fields in order to frighten away birds that eat their crops.

  • frighten sth/sb away When he saw some guys coming to attack him, Harry pulled out his gun and frightened them away.

Quick Quiz:

A dog will try to frighten away another animal that's attacking it by growling and showing its

a. tail

b. teeth

c. muscles

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