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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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References in classic literature ?
I can use that, and together we may be able to hold them off until we can find some means of escape.
We'd love to hold them off," said the 23-year-old Briton.
Defending forces tried to hold them off and two ambulances raced to the Belbek site after gunfire erupted.
in be With a residue from last year's All-Ireland semi-final still remaining, Tipp will be much more feisty this time, but Kilkenny should have enough to hold them off.
We have a tough test against top of the league Rhyl this weekend, and I will be happy if we can hold them off and keep it tight for a while", said Cottam.
We had to be patient against South Africa this afternoon, but the girls did well to hold them off and thoroughly deserve to finish the tournament with a win.
Lawrenny gave it a good go as they reached 155-6 with Buckle making 40, Lewis 35 not out, Christian Phillips 25 and Andrew Cole 23, but Haverford west just managed to hold them off and get the draw which keeps them 31 points clear at the top.
For a while you could hold them off by saying that you didn't want campers to be inside, checking e-mail, when they should be outside playing but ultimately they made you put in a system that let them send e-mail for you to print and hand to the campers.
I don't use the word 'schedule,' because it sounds like you hold them off feeding to the very minute,'' said Margie Stevens, a baby nurse from Culver City and mother of 7-year-old twin girls.
I am hoping to hold them off with a dazzling gambit.
She'll be a bit puffed out in late stages but the opposition isn't too hot and I fancy she will hold them off.
Darias manages to hold them off as he works to win Navarro's trust.
The Lilies held a four-point lead at half-time but Tyrone reeled off six points without reply after the break and a magnificent point from full-back Justin McMahon proved enough to hold them off.
Despite taking him by surprise, the man managed to hold them off until they escaped empty-handed.
According to Edelman, gnatcatchers that are increasing their population in the Moorpark area may have been headed toward Santa Clarita as well, but this fire could hold them off.