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putoff

[poo t-awf, -of]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of putting off.
  2. a delaying, postponing, or avoiding of something.
  3. an expressed excuse or evasion; demur: She responded with a polite but firm putoff.

Origin of putoff

First recorded in 1540–50; noun use of verb phrase put off
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