stave off

  • 1 stave off — (something) to keep something away or keep something from happening. The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to boost the economy and stave off a recession. Death is natural and inevitable we can t stave it off forever. Related vocabulary:… …

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  • 2 stave off — index avert, contain (restrain), defer (put off), deter, dissuade, forestall, hold up ( …

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  • 3 stave off — verb prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening (Freq. 3) Let s avoid a confrontation head off a confrontation avert a strike • Syn: ↑debar, ↑forefend, ↑forfend, ↑ …

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  • 4 stave off — PHRASAL VERB If you stave off something bad, or if you stave it off, you succeed in stopping it happening for a while. [V P n (not pron)] In a desperate attempt to stave off defeat, he reluctantly promised wholesale reform of the constitution...… …

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  • 5 stave off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms stave off : present tense I/you/we/they stave off he/she/it staves off present participle staving off past tense staved off past participle staved off to stop something from happening We re still trying to… …

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  • 6 stave off — here, eat some crackers to stave off your hunger Syn: avert, prevent, avoid, counter, preclude, forestall, nip in the bud; ward off, fend off, head off, keep off, keep at bay …

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  • 7 stave off — transitive verb Date: 1611 1. to fend off < staving off creditors > 2. to ward off (as something adverse) ; forestall < trying to stave off disaster > …

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  • 8 stave off — verb to prevent something from happening; to obviate or avert He drank plenty of orange juice, hoping to stave off the cold making the rounds at the office. ,Finnish …

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  • 9 stave off — phr verb Stave off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑disaster …

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  • 10 stave off — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. ward off, hold off, fend off, avoid, repel, block. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action: avert, forestall, forfend, obviate, preclude, prevent, rule out, ward… …

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  • 11 stave off — Synonyms and related words: adjourn, anticipate, avert, bar, beat off, block, check, continue, counter, debar, defer, deflect, delay, deter, discourage, dishearten, drag out, drive back, drive off, estop, exclude, extend, fend, fend off, forbid,… …

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  • 12 stave off — {v.}, {literary} To keep from touching or hurting you. Syn.: WARD OFF. * /The white knight struck with his sword. The black knight staved it off with his own sword./ * /Bill s warm new coal staved off the cold./ * /They staved off starvation by… …

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  • 13 stave off — {v.}, {literary} To keep from touching or hurting you. Syn.: WARD OFF. * /The white knight struck with his sword. The black knight staved it off with his own sword./ * /Bill s warm new coal staved off the cold./ * /They staved off starvation by… …

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  • 14 stave\ off — v literary To keep from touching or hurting you. Syn.: ward off The white knight struck with his sword. the black knight staved it off with his own sword. Bill s warm new coal staved off the cold. They staved off starvation by eating two of the… …

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  • 15 stave off — Defer, delay, postpone, adjourn, procrastinate, put off, lay over, let lie over, waive, shift off …

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  • 16 stave off — drive away, repulse; stop, hinder …

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  • 17 stave off something — stave off (something) to keep something away or keep something from happening. The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to boost the economy and stave off a recession. Death is natural and inevitable we can t stave it off forever. Related… …

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  • 19 Stave — Stave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Staved} (st[=a]vd) or {Stove} (st[=o]v); p. pr. & vb. n. {Staving}.] [From {Stave}, n., or {Staff}, n.] 1. To break in a stave or the staves of; to break a hole in; to burst; often with in; as, to stave a cask; to… …

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  • 20 stave — [stāv] n. [ME, taken as sing. of staves, pl. of staf,STAFF1] 1. a) any of the thin, shaped strips of wood or metal, set edge to edge to form or strengthen the wall of a barrel, bucket, etc. b) any similar slat, bar, rung, stay, etc. 2. a stick or …

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