Meaning of hold off in English:

hold off

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phrasal verb

  • 1(of bad weather) fail to occur.

    ‘fortunately, the rain held off until the evening’
    • ‘Luckily the rain held off until the last game was played.’
    • ‘Heavy rain and high winds held off until early Thursday night, when winds gusted to 84 kph.’
    • ‘Hopefully, if the weather holds off for a few more days that might dry the land out enough to allow us to collect the crop some time next week, but if not, then we might find ourselves stuck.’
    • ‘At least the weather held off this afternoon, and we could run.’
    • ‘Provided the rain holds off, England should today complete one of their biggest ever wins.’
    • ‘The sky was darkening but the rain was still just holding off.’
    • ‘In some cases, entire families headed off, picnic in tow, hoping that the rain would hold off.’
    • ‘Storm clouds threatened throughout the walk, but the sun peeped through occasionally and the rain held off.’
    • ‘The unsettled conditions over the past few days will almost certainly see the Ouse carrying additional water by Sunday but as long as the frost holds off, this might be no bad thing.’
    • ‘The flower season is coming to an end but with some luck it could last another few weeks if frost holds off.’
    1. 1.1Delay or postpone an action or decision.
      ‘if I was in their shoes, I'd hold off for a couple of days’
      • ‘The group agrees to hold off on any real decisions until replacements are hired.’
      • ‘In the end, the history of economic crises is clear on one important thing: the longer any economy holds off in facing its imbalances, the greater the possibility of a hard landing.’
      • ‘I was barely 18, just out of high school, had no real obligations in my life and I was enjoying the hell out of the freedom that holding off on college afforded me.’
      • ‘It could be that people are holding off until they know whether there is going to be an appeal.’
      • ‘An expert working group which reported to the Department of Justice a number of years ago recommended holding off on introducing tagging until more sophisticated technology came on stream.’
      • ‘I thought my restlessness over the break and my inability to get on to any big tasks was evidence of my laziness, but I think it was just holding off until I could really get on to things again at work.’
      • ‘They admit that they have not left lawmakers with much time, but said holding off until next year, an election year, would hurt the bill's chances even more.’
      • ‘Perhaps they're all holding off until next week when I'll have finished for the year.’
      • ‘You will hold off until everything meets with your approval.’
      • ‘I asked my realtor what he thought; he advised that we hold off until we sold our house.’
      wait, hold back, pause, delay, hang back, hang fire, take no action, bide one's time, play a waiting game
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  • 2hold someone or something off, hold off someone or somethingResist an attacker or challenge.

    ‘he held off a late challenge by Vose to win by thirteen seconds’
    • ‘With all his might he fought to hold her off.’
    • ‘Robert is having the challenge of his life trying to hold the other five off, but he is standing strong.’
    • ‘He pushed the men away and held them off until the police arrived and the attackers ran off.’
    • ‘They really went for it and our lads did well to hold them off and obtain the point.’
    • ‘Thankfully we had got into our game by then and managed to hold them off.’
    • ‘But even if someone does come at me, I think I'm playing well enough that I can hopefully hold them off.’
    • ‘The four were gaining but could we hold them off?’
    • ‘It took hundreds of cops and begging the owner of a local gun store for enough weapons to hold these guys off.’
    • ‘The Liberal Democrats held them off in Torbay, which had been the most marginal seat in the country, and Labour retained Putney, in south west London, another key Tory target.’
    • ‘The Indians attacked again at dusk, but they were held off by rifle and cannon fire.’
    resist, repel, repulse, rebuff, parry, deflect, keep off, fend off, stave off, ward off, keep at bay
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