hold off


Definition of hold off

transitive verb

1 : to block from an objective : delay
2 : to defer action on : postpone hold off a decision
3 : to fight to a standoff : withstand

intransitive verb

: to defer or temporarily stop doing something

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Rotating the earring gently every day is also important, says the AAP, as well as holding off on removal until four to six weeks after the procedure and seeking medical attention immediately if the site turns red and/or painful. PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Pierces 5-Month-Old Daughter Stormi's Ears: How Safe Is the Procedure for Babies?," 12 July 2018 Because now, after holding off Bravazo to win the Preakness by a half-length, Justify ascends to superstar status with a chance to become the 13th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Justify's Preakness win raises more questions heading into Belmont," 19 May 2018 Trained by Bob Baffert, Justify improved to 3 for 3 in his career after holding off Bolt d’Oro in Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Justify finishes as the favorite in final pool of Kentucky Derby 2018 Future Wager," 9 Apr. 2018 The Antelopes followed that up with a layup and two more free throws in holding off the Kangaroos, who finished the season 10-22. kansascity, "UMKC falls in WAC tournament," 8 Mar. 2018 Brittany Force is the defending champion after holding off Steve Torrence in Top Fuel. ... Elton Alexander, cleveland.com, "NASCAR 2018: live scoring, TV, live streaming, updates from Atlanta (Feb. 25)," 25 Feb. 2018 Aaron Brennan added 17 points and Jaylen Minnett 10 for IUPUI, which led by 18 points midway through the second half before holding off the Vikings (6-20, 3-10). Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball: IUPUI hangs on to win," 8 Feb. 2018 After weather delays Sunday forced him to finish the last two holes Monday morning, Mickelson held off Paul Casey to win by three strokes, at 19 under par. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Is This the Year Phil Mickelson Wins the U.S. Open?," 11 Feb. 2019 Some other recent games, including Sonic Mania and Assassin's Creed Odyssey, have held off PC scene crackers' attacks for months. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Evidence continues to mount about how bad Denuvo is for PC gaming performance," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of hold off

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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