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English definition of “stave off something/someone”

stave off something/someone

verb phrasal verb with stave  /steɪv/
to prevent something, or prevent someone from doing something, esp. until a later time: The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to stimulate the economy and stave off a recession. Els staved off Woods by a shot after entering the final day eight ahead.
(Definition of stave off something/someone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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