hold off

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hold off (third-person singular simple present holds off, present participle holding off, simple past and past participle held off)

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (idiomatic, intransitive) To delay commencing an action (until some specified time or event has passed).
    Hold off on baking until I get there.

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