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English definition of “put sb off”

put sb off

phrasal verb with put     /pʊt/ verb (present participle putting, past tense and past participle put)
to tell someone that you cannot see them or do something for them, or to stop someone from doing something, until a later time: I really don't want to go out with Helen and Greg tonight - can't we put them off ? He keeps asking me out, and I keep putting him off.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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