hold off

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

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Examples of hold off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the end, Henry County did enough to hold off Oldham County, 8-6. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2021 Powerful and energetic, with another 25 years to go…but there’s no need to hold off, either. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The goal of herd immunity is still a difficult one to reach and any attempts to hold off on vaccinating the US population will only increase the risk of harming our own pandemic recovery. Megan Ranney And Céline Gounder, CNN, 21 May 2021 The racers were also asked about their thoughts regarding Indianapolis’ decision to hold off until after the race to lift the mask mandate. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2021 The decision to hold off on cameras for the countywide police force has nothing to do with municipal police forces, which have previously stated plans to begin using the technology long before the 2025 mandate. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 19 Apr. 2021 After Paul got hurt in Game 1, the Suns were able to hold off Los Angeles and take a lead in the series. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2021 The conventional wisdom is that California Democrats will want to hold off the recall election for as long as possible — and probably aim for a November vote. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 With little outside help the Israelis were able to hold off the Arab invaders and begin the task of nation building. Star Tribune, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of hold off

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

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24 Jun 2021

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“Hold off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20off. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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