stave off

verb

Definition of stave off

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

Examples of stave off in a Sentence

  1. managed to stave off the invaders

  2. 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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