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English definition of “hold off”

hold off

(RAIN/STORM) phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
If rain or a storm holds off, it does not start immediately.Delaying and wasting time
(Definition of hold off (RAIN/STORM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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