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In a text about the effects of holding sports events, there is a topic called "Making people flee". I want to know if there is a verb that can be used specifically instead of "making ... flee". As an explanation, it is maintained about the issue that holding a sports event such as the Olympics in a city causes non-sports tourists to avoid coming around. As a matter of fact, escape is not intended in its exact sense of the word. Rather, I want a transitive verb that means driving someone away from a place, here sports event place.

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    Would you explain a little bit more the exact sense you're looking for? Fleeing something is running away from it, so it's not exactly the same idea as avoiding something (well, unless that something is chasing you!). Residents of the city may flee before the event to avoid the crowds, but non-sport tourist would just be avoiding the city during the event, not fleeing. – ColleenV Mar 23 '15 at 20:37
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    Actually, fleeing might not be intended in its exact sense of the word, because there is no serious threat here for the non-sport tourists to escape from. I meant by the question I want a transitive verb that means driving someone away from something – codezombie Mar 23 '15 at 20:50
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    You could use "expel". – J. LS Mar 23 '15 at 22:21
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    "Causes non-sports tourists to avoid visiting" says "dissuade" to me, but it doesn't have the connotations of "running away/fleeing", and thus, isn't perfect. – JMB Mar 23 '15 at 22:25
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    I think "repel" is the word here, as in "crowding and inaccessibility to destinations is likely to repel tourists planning on a visit during the event", with the connotation of "ugh, that's awful, I'll avoid it". – Joe McMahon Mar 23 '15 at 23:50
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In that context, I'd use "drives away":

"Holding a sports event such as the Olympics in a city drives away non-sports tourists."

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