scare away

scare away
phrasal verb scare away or scare off [transitive]
Word forms "scare away":
present tense I/you/we/they scare away he/she/it scares away present participle scaring away past tense scared away past participle scared away
1) to make someone feel so frightened or worried that they do not do something that they had planned to do

The city's high murder rate has scared away tourists.

2) to make someone so frightened that they run away

The attacker was scared away when the woman started to scream.

English dictionary. 2014.