hold off


verb(adverb)
  1. (tr) to keep apart or at a distance

  2. (intr often foll by from) to refrain (from doing something): he held off buying the house until prices fell slightly

Words Nearby hold off

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How to use hold off in a sentence

  • Dink retired with him into the bedroom, and received his hold-off in a few matter-of-fact sentences.

    Stover at Yale | Owen Johnson
  • McCarthy's hold-off was renewed each time, but the election did not arrive.

    Stover at Yale | Owen Johnson
  • You can save me if you like, or you can hold-off and let me go to prison.

    Fenton's Quest | M. E. Braddon

Other Idioms and Phrases with hold off

hold off

Keep at a distance, resist, delay, as in This payment should hold off the creditors. [Early 1400]

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