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defer to (someone or something)
To submit or yield to someone or something. I really need to defer to your mother on this one—she's in charge of all the Thanksgiving plans.
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defer to someone or something (on something)
to yield to someone or something on some question or point. I will defer to Mary on that question. She would not defer to the committee on anything.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.