Stayed their hand - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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stay (one's) hand
To stop or prevent someone or oneself from doing something. The board was prepared to fire him over the offense, but they stayed their hand and opted to suspend him from his role instead. See if you can stay her hand before she signs the deal.
stay someone's hand restrain someone from acting.
stay your/somebody’s ˈhand (old-fashioned or literary) stop yourself/somebody from doing something; prevent somebody from doing something: He reached for his keys, but Rosa stayed his hand.
References in periodicals archive
The men who ransacked his dwelling almost killed him but his courage and lack of fear stayed their hand
Some members of the central bank's monetary policy council still support a cut in interest rates to boost growth, but analysts say investor scepticism over Prime Minister Viktor Orban's unorthodox economic policies has stayed their hand
Although there had been numerous breaches, British authorities concluded that the ceasefires were being maintained for the most part and stayed their hand
, thus allowing the peace process to move forward.
Tony Abbott and other Christian conservatives have been busting to get the issue on the agenda for a long time and only its potentially disastrous effect on party unity has stayed their hand