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stave off

transitive verb

Definition of stave off

  1. 1 :  to fend off <staving off creditors>

  2. 2 :  to ward off (as something adverse) :  forestall <trying to stave off disaster>



Examples of stave off

  1. <managed to stave off the invaders>

  2. <the quartermaster staved off a shortage by requisitioning more than enough supplies>



1611

First Known Use of stave off

1611



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