stay your/somebody'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 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.
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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.