English version

frighten somebody/something ↔ off

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfrighten somebody/something ↔ off phrasal verbLEAVE A PLACEto make a person or animal so nervous or afraid that they go away or do not do something they were going to do The investors were frightened off by the company’s low profits that year. frighten→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
frighten offAlso, the ghosts of the carvers frightened me off.I couldn't let him know the strength of my feelings - I was afraid it might frighten him off.She was going out with a friend of mine, but she came on so strong that she frightened him off.They wanted to talk to you direct, but I said that would frighten you off.You're right to tread carefully, as if you do say anything to him you might well frighten him off!I was very frightened of falling off the edge of the table, which was ten metres from the ground.
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Verb table
frighten
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyfrighten
he, she, itfrightens
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyfrightened
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave frightened
he, she, ithas frightened
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad frightened
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill frighten
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have frightened
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam frightening
he, she, itis frightening
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you, we, theyare frightening
Past
I, he, she, itwas frightening
you, we, theywere frightening
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been frightening
he, she, ithas been frightening
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been frightening
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be frightening
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been frightening
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