stay (one's) hand

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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.
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stay someone's hand

restrain someone from acting.
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stay your/somebody’s ˈhand

(old-fashioned or literary) stop yourself/somebody from doing something; prevent somebody from doing something: He reached for his keys, but Rosa stayed his hand.
See also: hand, stay
References in classic literature ?
"Hold!" he cried: "stay your hand! Why, who are you, bold fellow, to range so boldly here?
"Here I am, my dear sir," said he, "stay your hand therefore, and tell your father, or he will kill me in his rage against the suitors for having wasted his substance and been so foolishly disrespectful to yourself."
"Stay your hands, men of Helium," he shouted, his voice trembling with rage.
"The principle to stay your hand is far greater than the power to strike with your hand; violence has no place in society.
The power to stay your hand is far greater than the power to strike with your hand," he said.
There must be "no impunity" for those involved in violence against protesters, he said, urging Libyan security forces to "stay your hand".
Libya or any other country - Stay your hand. There will be a day of reckoning
But if you were to say to them, "Now lads, we can let Istabraq have a crack at a fourth Champion if you'll stay your hand and remain at home", you would be sure of a magnificent response.
So my advice is to stay your hand and monitor where the money is going during the week before the meeting.