hold off


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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Example sentences from the Web for hold off

  • 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

Idioms and Phrases with hold off

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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