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putoff

[ poot-awf, -of ]
/ ˈpʊtˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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noun

an act or instance of putting off.
a delaying, postponing, or avoiding of something.
an expressed excuse or evasion; demur: She responded with a polite but firm putoff.

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Origin of putoff

First recorded in 1540–50; noun use of verb phrase put off
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British Dictionary definitions for putoff

put off

verb

noun putoff

mainly US a pretext or delay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with putoff

put off

Delay or postpone, as in He always puts off paying his bills. This idiom, dating from the late 1300s, gave rise to the proverb Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, first recorded in the late 1300s (in Chaucer's Tale of Melibee) and repeated ever since. Also see put one off.

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