Definition of stave off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

stave off

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

stave somethingoff

(staved, staved)
 
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to prevent something bad from affecting you for a period of time; to delay something to stave off hunger The company was able to stave off bankruptcy for another few months.
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