Meaning of “stave sth off” in the English Dictionary

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"stave sth off" in Business English

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stave sth off

phrasal verb with stave uk /steɪv/ us verb

to stop something bad from happening, or to keep an unwanted situation or person away, usually temporarily:

We were hoping to stave off these difficult decisions until September.

(Definition of “stave sth off” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)