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English definition of “hold sb off”

hold sb off

phrasal verb with hold     /həʊld/ US  /hoʊld/ verb (held, held)
to stop someone from attacking or defeating you: How much longer will the resistance fighters be able to hold off the enemy ?Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
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