stave sth off

stave sth off
UK US stave sth off
Phrasal Verb with stave({{}}/steɪv/ verb
to stop something bad from happening, or to keep an unwanted situation or person away, usually temporarily: »

We were hoping to stave off these difficult decisions until September.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • stave something off — AVERT, prevent, avoid, counter, preclude, forestall, nip in the bud; ward off, fend off, head off, keep off, keep at bay. → stave * * * ˌstave sthˈoff derived (staved …   Useful english dictionary

  • ˌstave sth ˈoff — phrasal verb to stop something that is unpleasant from happening …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • stave — 1 noun (C) 1 the set of five lines on which music is written 2 one of the thin curved pieces of wood fitted close together to form the sides of a barrel 1 (1) 2 verb stave in phrasal verb past tense and past participle staved or stove (I, T) to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • stave — [steɪv] verb stave sth off …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • stave — stave1 [steıv] n [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: staves] 1.) the set of five lines on which music is written 2.) one of the thin curved pieces of wood fitted close together to form the sides of a ↑barrel stave 2 stave2 v past tense and past participle… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hold something off — RESIST, repel, repulse, rebuff, parry, deflect, fend off, stave off, ward off, keep at bay. → hold * * * ˌhold sb/sthˈoff derived to stop sb/sth defeating you • She held off all the last minute challengers and won the race in a new record time.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ward something off — 1 she warded off the blow: PARRY, avert, deflect, block; evade, avoid, dodge. 2 garlic is worn to ward off evil spirits: REBUFF, avert, keep at bay …   Useful english dictionary

  • disaster — noun 1 bad event/situation ADJECTIVE ▪ awful, big, catastrophic, devastating, enormous (esp. AmE), great, horrible, huge, large scale (esp. AmE) …   Collocations dictionary

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