1(of bad weather) fail to occur.
- ‘fortunately, the rain held off until the evening’
- 1.1Delay or postpone an action or decision.
wait, hold back, pause, delay, hang back, hang fire, take no action, bide one's time, play a waiting gameView synonyms
- ‘if I was in their shoes, I'd hold off for a couple of days’
2hold someone or something off, hold off someone or somethingResist an attacker or challenge.
resist, repel, repulse, rebuff, parry, deflect, keep off, fend off, stave off, ward off, keep at bayView synonyms
- ‘he held off a late challenge by Vose to win by thirteen seconds’
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