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Verb: frighten off  frI-t(u)n óf
  1. Cause to lose courage; to be daunted; to be scared away
    "frightened off by the refusal";
    - daunt, dash, scare off, pall, scare away, frighten away, scare

Derived forms: frightens off, frightening off, frightened off

See also: scare

Type of: intimidate, put the frigheners on [Brit, informal], put the screws on [informal]