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stave in

To crush or cause something to cave in; to smash through something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stave" and "in." He staved in the crate with a large rock to access the supplies inside. We'll have to stave the door in if we want to get inside.
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stave off

To defend against or keep someone or something at bay; to delay something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "stave" and "off." He's been trying to scrounge up money so that he can stave off his creditors for a while longer. An old trick is to suck on a pebble to stave your thirst off.
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stave someone or something off

to hold someone or something off; to defend against the attack of someone or something. (See also stave something off.) The citizen was not able to stave the mugger off. The army staved off the attackers for three hours without letup.
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stave something in

to crush something in. (The past tense is usually stove with ships, and otherwise, staved.) The rocks on the reef staved the hull of the ship in. The angry sailor staved in the cask of rum.
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stave something off

to delay or postpone something unwanted, such as hunger, foreclosure, death, etc. (See also stave someone or something off.) He could stave his thirst off no longer. Despite the enemy sentries, he made a dash for the stream. The lost hiker could not stave off her hunger any longer.
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stave off

Keep or hold away, repel, as in The Federal Reserve Board is determined to stave off inflation. This metaphoric expression transfers beating something off with a staff or stave to nonphysical repulsion. [c. 1600]
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stave in

v.
To break or smash a hole in something: The firefighters staved the door in. I staved in the barrel with an axe.
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stave off

v.
To keep or hold someone or something off; repel someone or something: I staved the attackers off with my umbrella. Health officials are trying to stave off an outbreak of disease.
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It owns seven stave mills: one in northeastern France and six American oak mills.
His father, he said, is a civil engineer working for Milwaukee County, and Stave grew up watching his dad do projects around the house.
"We demoed about 10 songs and then asked ourselves, 'Are we actually just making a record?"' says Emily, adding that Vernon seemed equally unsure whether he was, in fact, producing The Staves' second album or not.
"By cutting the exact right angle for every individual stave, we have a much cleaner fitting barrel and a much tighter barrel," says Combs.
The stave church retains some of the basilica in often having a choir and apse, the sanctuary, separated from the main body, the nave, but there is also an additional transformation of "holy place" and "site of rescue" into the tree language of the north as well, with a shorter more square nave and powerful staves to facilitate a vertical extension.
Module for generating staves is served as the simplified interface for creating musical staves for the quiz module and for the presentation of given expressions on the web.
It should do so with a view to making its economy more competitive to stave off the Chinese challenge as well as to raising its dismally low savings and investment rates.
Staves are always of five lines and, with very few exceptions, are ruled with vermilion ink.
The Magic Staves by French cooperage Le Grand are the same ones the company uses to produce barrels but meant to be used as tank inserts.
Caption: The bead and cove joinery allows the tub staves to act as hinges.
When the American White Oak casks' work at the Distillery is done, their staves are shipped from Scotland back to the USA to Renovo's workshop in Oregon.
Indications that appear inside the staves such as poco rit.
The matured whiskey is aged a second time with staves of toasted French oak to bring out bolder flavors with enhanced vanilla, oak and spice.
Some barrels were made from staves that were immersed in an enzyme rich bath with water heated to 100 degrees.