Meaning of “stave off something/someone” in the English Dictionary

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"stave off something/someone" in American English

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stave off something/someone

phrasal verb with stave /steɪv/ verb

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)