stave off


stave off

transitive verb

Definition of STAVE OFF

1
:  to fend off <staving off creditors>
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>

First Known Use of STAVE OFF

1611

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