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put off

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to delay (some action) until a later time.
I know I have to go to the dentist, but I keep putting it off.Don't put off writing that letter; get started on it now.Let's put off the meeting until next month.
defer, delay, postpone
definition 2: to deny the satisfaction of someone's request; cause (someone) to make continued attempts to receive an answer, payment, or the like;
He'd asked her to marry him three times, but she kept putting him off.I've tried calling his office but his secretary keeps putting me off.I can't put the plumber off any longer. I've got to get the money to pay him.
definition 3: to cause (someone) to turn away; repel; discourage.
I was going to try some of that cheese, but the smell put me off.She wanted to study French, but the old-fashioned approach of the teacher put her off.There is something about him that puts me off.
allure, attract, encourage