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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.
See also: off, stave

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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Tonnellerie Garonnaise's Exquis barrel is formed with staves that have undergone 36 months of seasoning and are bent with a combination of water and steam "to provide finesse and elegance," then toasted for "power and depth.
American oak suppliers also are offering more high-quality barrels built with staves that have undergone several years of seasoning and are sourced from specific forests.
We found a lumber warehouse that buys seconds, and got permission to sort through the lumber to find pieces with sections of clear wood from which we could cut the staves and floor.
Glenmorangie's collaboration with Renovo is the second partnership in the Distillery's Beyond the Cask series, which celebrates the casks in which Glenmorangie Original is matured, by repurposing their staves in innovative ways.
After the bourbon education and tasting, the hotel's team decided on four staves of the Baked American Pure 2; four of the Roasted French Mocha; and two of the Toasted French Spice.
For many, Stave puzzles are a luxury, but not only in the novelty-gift-for-the-wealthy sense.
Independent Stave Company is a family-owned, dynamic, global company, reaching customers in over 40 countries and cooperages around the world.
I would like to suggest that this particular style of creative (and retentive) transformation of the gospel story into Germanic story images and events is the poetic key to the transformation of the church building into the stave church.
Administrator can manage, create and edit all the contents of the portal, manage users and rights, quizzes and musical stave generator and many other modules.
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Summary: An Egyptian security official said large numbers of security forces were heading to Egypt-Israel border area in a bid to stave off any further Bedouin strife.
And did not a conservative Felipe Calderon manage to stave off the populist Lopez Obrador in Mexico's recent six-yearly presidential election?
The use of a five-line stave is a distinguishing feature of most Spanish plainsong manuscripts and publications of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and later, whereas almost everywhere else (notably England, Italy, France, and Germany) a four-line stave was standard.