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- (idiomatic, transitive) To delay someone or something temporarily; to keep at bay.
- Let's try to hold off the lawyers until we are ready for them.
- November 2 2014, Daniel Taylor, "Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
- The breakthrough came after 63 minutes as United’s unorthodox defence desperately tried to hold off a spell of sustained pressure.
- (idiomatic, transitive) To delay commencing (an action until some specified time or event has passed).
- Hold off the decision one more day so I can answer your question.
- Hold off baking until I get there.
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To delay commencing an action (until some specified time or event has passed).
- Hold off on baking until I get there.
to delay someone or something
to delay commencing
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