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hold off

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to delay or refrain from (doing something).
A few people were sick, so we held off having the party for a couple of weeks.I held off buying the couch until I was sure I could afford it.They were planning a new venture, but they decided to hold off, at least for now.
definition 2: to prevent (someone or something) from coming close or overtaking, as in an attack or invasion.
They held off the enemy for two days.
definition 3: to cause (someone) to wait.
The restaurant owners could no longer hold off their creditors.We tried to hold them off a bit longer, but we finally let the kids light off the fireworks.