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hold off

1. To keep someone or something at bay. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "off." We can't hold off the police for much longer—they're going to find us!
2. To wait to take action. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hold" and "off." I know you want to start on that project, but hold off until I get these questions answered by the boss.
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hold someone or something off

 
1. and keep someone or something off Lit. to do something physical to keep someone or something away; to stave someone or something off. Tom was trying to rob us, but we managed to hold him off. We held off the attackers. I couldn't keep off the reporters any longer.
2. Fig. to make someone or something wait. I know a lot of people are waiting to see me. Hold them off for a while longer. See what you can do to hold off the reporters.
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hold off (on someone or something)

to delay doing something concerning someone or something. Please hold off on Tom until we interview the other candidates. I will hold off on this job for a while.
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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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hold off

v.
1. To keep someone or something at a distance; resist someone or something: The firm's attorney held the creditors off. We held off the reporters as long as we could.
2. To stop or delay doing something: Let's hold off until we have more data. I held off buying a house until I had a down payment.
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But until analysts begin to raise their earnings estimates on the company, it may be best for investors to hold off on increasing exposure.
The future should be much better for this company, so investors may want to hold off just a bit longer on position and watch for its earnings estimates to rise.
It turned out to be a tough break for Johnson, who is trying to hold off Kelley for the points title.
But at the moment, investors may want to hold off on opening or deepening a position until analysts start raising its earnings estimates.
Therefore, it may serve investors best to hold off a bit longer on a position in the company for its earnings estimates to rise in a more cooperative time of the year.
That was enough for Dale, who started and pitched four innings, and Freed to hold off the Huskies (51-18).
So it might be the safest and best move to hold off on a position in the company a little while longer to see when its earnings estimates get a boost.
In the meantime though, investors may want to hold off on a position for its earnings estimates to gain more upside momentum.
In May, a settlement agreement was reached to hold off foreclosure proceedings to allow Bankers Trust to find a developer to take on the project.
The settlement calls for the city to hold off pursuing foreclosure action until 1999 for delinquent tax payments on bonds issued to finance improvements for the project.
For the present though, it may be best to hold off on opening or deepening a position until the company's earnings estimates gain more upside momentum.
And with his tires all but worn to shreds, once again Herta was unable to hold off the two-time CART season champ.
The company has a clear set of priorities that should help the company moving forward, but in the present investors may want to hold off on a position a bit longer and watch for its earnings estimates to gain more buoyancy.