"scaring" in the verb sense
1. frighten, fright, scare, affright
cause fear in
"The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"
"Ghosts could never affright her"
2. daunt, dash, scare off, pall, frighten off, scare away, frighten away, scare
cause to lose courage
"dashed by the refusal"
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