stave off

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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.
See also: off, stave

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.
See also: off, stave

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 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.
See also: off, stave
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Ambohot and Jerrick Balanza tried to shift the momentum back to Letran's side late in the game, but the Pirates did just enough to stave them off.
But we can help stave them off. The UN report is a warning.
"When you face an opposition that has high individual qualities, you have to show this to your players and prepare them so they know what to do to stave them off," said Pizzi.
Brazil is going through an enormous corruption scandal and more than half the members of Congress face charges, but so long as they control Congress and the presidency they can probably stave them off. An election is due in October, however, and Lula would probably win it -- if he were not in prison.
These groups target the Army and civilians because they are founded on intolerance and reject current borders, and Lebanon must unite to stave them off, he said.
Gary will be on many clubs' shopping lists but we will stave them off vigorously.
"Mr Marron attempted to stave them off by feigning a heart attack.
With hundreds of Israeli soldiers plowing into the city in tanks, armed resistance members from the leftist PFLP, DFLP, and from Islamic Jihad and Hamas attempted to stave them off in the city's Al Shajaiyeh neighborhood.Israeli military sources say that the two Israeli soldiers were killed and about 20 others injured in an explosion.Eyewitnesses report that Israeli shelling in the northern Gaza Strip caused dozens of homes to catch fire in Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahiya, and Gaza City's neighborhoods of Al Shajaiyeh, Al Tuffah and Zeitoun.
But parallels to the prize art commodities of the 1980s, in the mode of Peter Halley or Ashley Bickerton, still creep in, and Hill's handsome tactics of repackaging probably aren't enough to stave them off.
"While we knew what to expect we could not stave them off.
SALEM - It was January's statewide vote on taxes that led the way to Oregon's tumultuous year of program cuts and efforts to stave them off.
To stave them off keep them covered with tissue paper and stand them in dim light.
If your partner is having frequent attacks he can stave them off by taking tablets called Zovirax continuously.
As the database grows, the network will be able to be "on the look-out for looming disasters and [to undertake] the research that will enable us to stave them off," Brabyn concludes.