stay someone's hand

stay (one's) hand

To stop or prevent someone or oneself from doing something. The board was prepared to fire him over the offense, but they stayed their hand and opted to suspend him from his role instead. See if you can stay her hand before she signs the deal.
See also: hand, stay
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stay someone's hand

restrain someone from acting.
See also: hand, stay
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