hold off on


: to decide that (something) will happen at a later time : to postpone
She decided to hold off on her vacation for a while longer.
He held off on announcing his decision.

Examples of hold off on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The decision to hold off on the demolition came after Lisa Brooks, 52, was rescued. Harold Maass, The Week, 31 May 2023 During the early days of the pandemic, in 2020, there was limited information about the vaccine’s risks and benefits during pregnancy, prompting some women to hold off on getting vaccinated. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 16 Mar. 2023 Bide administration officials said that decision to hold off on shooting it down was made due to the risk to civilians on the ground. — David Martin, Kathryn Watson and Caitlin Yilek contributed to this report. CBS News, 11 Feb. 2023 The barbell curl can still be considered a relatively advanced exercise, one that beginners may want to hold off on incorporating before learning the biceps training basics via other curl variations. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 2 Feb. 2023 Top Biden economic adviser Brian Deese denied that US efforts to sway the Saudis to hold off on production cuts were guided by political considerations. Jordan Fabian, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2022 Ruie Lavoie, election director for Baltimore County, said space constraints in the county’s election office and a late decision by the court system on when counting could begin pushed her to hold off on the county’s canvass until Nov. 10, the Thursday after the election. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 11 Oct. 2022 And don't hold off on checking out because these discounts aren't guaranteed to last much longer and are sure to sell out quickly! Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2022 Best practices recommend that doctors hold off on invasive procedures like these, which can lead to complications including limb loss, on patients in the earliest stages of disease; doctors should first see how the patients do with exercise and medication. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 24 May 2023 See More

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“Hold off on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20off%20on. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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