stave off

verb

Definition of stave off

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fend off staving off creditors

  3. 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



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