stave off

staved off; staving off; staves off

Definition of stave off

transitive verb

1 : to fend off staving off creditors
2 : to ward off (something adverse) : forestall trying to stave off disaster

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Examples of stave off in a Sentence

managed to stave off the invaders the quartermaster staved off a shortage by requisitioning more than enough supplies

First Known Use of stave off

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stave off was in 1611

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“Stave off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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