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verb (adverb)
(tr) to keep apart or at a distance
(intr often foll by from) to refrain (from doing something)he held off buying the house until prices fell slightly
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hold off

1

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

2

Stop or delay from action, as in Let's hold off until we know more. [c. 1600]

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