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stave off


Verb (transitive)


Verb stave off has 1 sense


stave off

adjourn, anticipate, avert, bar, beat off, block, check, continue, counter, debar, defer, deflect, delay, deter, discourage, dishearten, drag out, drive back, drive off, estop, exclude, extend, fend, fend off, forbid, foreclose, forestall, hang fire, hang up, help, hinder, hold at bay, hold off, hold over, hold up, keep at bay, keep from, keep off, lay aside, lay by, lay over, obstruct, obviate, parry, pigeonhole, postpone, preclude, prevent, prohibit, prolong, prorogate, prorogue, protract, push aside, push back, put aside, put back, put off, put on ice, rebuff, rebut, recess, repel, repulse, reserve, rule out, save, set aside, set by, shelve, shift off, sleep on, stand over, stay, stop, stretch out, suspend, table, take a recess, turn aside, waive, ward, ward off


stave off


VB hinder, impede, filibuster, impedite, embarrass, keep off, stave off, ward off, obviate, avert, antevert, turn aside, draw off, prevent, forefend, nip in the bud, retard, slacken, check, let, counteract, countercheck, preclude, debar, foreclose, estop, inhibit, shackle, restrict, obstruct, stop, stay, bar, bolt, lock, block, block up, choke off, belay, barricade, block the way, bar the way, stop the way, forelay, dam up, put on the brake, scotch the wheel, lock the wheel, put a spoke in the wheel, put a stop to, traverse, contravene, interrupt, intercept, oppose, hedge in, hedge round, cut off, inerclude, interpose, interfere, intermeddle, cramp, hamper, clog, clog the wheels, cumber, encumber, incumber, handicap, choke, saddle with, load with, overload, lay, lumber, trammel, tie one's hands, put to inconvenience, incommode, discommode, discompose, hustle, corner, drive into a corner, run foul of, fall foul of, cross the path of, break in upon, thwart, frustrate, disconcert, balk, foil, faze, feaze, feeze, baffle, snub, override, circumvent, defeat, spike guns, spoil, mar, clip the wings of, cripple, put an extinguisher on, damp, dishearten, discountenance, throw cold water on, spoil sport, lay a wet blanket, throw a wet blanket on, cut the ground from under one, take the wind out of one's sails, undermine, be in the way of, stand in the way of, act as a drag, hang like a millstone round one's neck.


VB be late, tarry, wait, stay, bide, take time, dawdle, linger, loiter, bide one's time, take one's time, gain time, hang fire, stand over, lie over, put off, defer, delay, lay over, suspend, table, shift off, stave off, waive, retard, remand, postpone, adjourn, procrastinate, dally, prolong, protract, spin out, draw out, lengthen out, stretch out, prorogue, keep back, tide over, push to the last, drive to the last, let the matter stand over, reserve, temporize, consult one's pillow, sleep on it, lose an opportunity, be kept waiting, dance attendance, kick one's heels, cool one's heels, faire antichambre, wait impatiently, await, sit up, sit up at night.

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