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English definition of “hold off”

hold off

verb uk phrasal verb with hold   /həʊld/ us    /hoʊld/ (held, held)

(NOT DO)

C2 to not do something immediately: [+ -ing verb] Let's hold off making a decision until next week.US They've decided to hold off on buying a car until they're both working.WaitingStaying and remaining

(RAIN/STORM)

If rain or a storm holds off, it does not start immediately.Delaying and wasting time
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