hold off

verb
held off; holding off; holds 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

Examples of hold off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Half of the patrol was able to escape the firefight, while the other half remained behind to hold off the Russian forces, Belarusian news outlet Nasha Niva first reported. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 6 July 2022 Early Voting qualified for the Derby after running an impressive second in the April 9 Wood Memorial, but his trainer, Chad Brown, and his owner, Baltimore native Seth Klarman, opted to hold off for the Preakness. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 8 May 2022 Now, after playing eight games in a row against Spokane and Tri-City, the Winterhawks get Seattle, who are trying to hold off for 3rd place in the West. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2022 Yet, based on anecdotal reports, some doctors are advising people to hold off for some period of time—30, 60, or even 90 days—before getting a boost. Lambeth Hochwald, Health.com, 13 Jan. 2022 Investors who are planning to double down on this year’s REIT strategy might want to hold off for now on buying Dom Pérignon by the case, some analysts warn. Peter Grant, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021 Corner, university officials are asking fans to hold off for another year on the rolling the Auburn Oaks and descendants along Samford Park, according to the gameday website. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 26 Nov. 2021 Those intent on writing OSU’s obituary may want to hold off for a bit. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 11 Oct. 2021 What kind of game is Lance Hornsby playing here with having our group clearing out buildings of walkers, and then putting Eugene close to Pamela Milton's son, and then taking Yumiko's brother and asking her to hold off for a few hours. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hold off

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

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Last Updated

30 Jul 2022

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“Hold off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20off. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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