stave off


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stave

 (stāv)
n.
1.
a. A narrow strip of wood forming part of the sides of a barrel, tub, or similar structure.
b. One of the wooden planks in a stave wall.
2. A rung of a ladder or chair.
3. A staff or cudgel.
4. Music See staff1.
5. A set of verses; a stanza.
tr.v. staved or stove (stōv), stav·ing, staves
To crush or smash inward, often by making a hole. Often used with in: "The jetliner had staved in the south side of the structure. The plane had ripped a hole 150 feet wide" (Bill Sammon).
Phrasal Verb:
stave off
To keep or hold off; repel: "For 12 years, we've sought to stave off this ultimate threat of disaster" (New York Times).

[Back-formation from staves, pl. of staff.]

stave off

vb
(tr, adverb) to avert or hold off (something undesirable or harmful), esp temporarily: to stave off hunger.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.stave off - prevent the occurrence ofstave off - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

stave off

verb hold off, avert, ward off, parry, evade, fend off, keep at bay, keep at arm's length a desperate attempt to stave off defeat

stave

noun
A fairly long straight piece of solid material used especially as a support in walking:
phrasal verb
stave off
To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action:
Translations

w>stave off

vt sep
attackzurückschlagen; threat, crisis, coldabwehren; defeat, disaster, bankruptcyabwenden; hunger, boredomlindern
(= delay) personhinhalten; crisis, dayhinausschieben
References in classic literature ?
The messengers who may ask for any of us will not be witnesses only, they may help to stave off danger.
A sort of shivering gentility had kept her aloof from the rest of her fellow-workers, but it took more than a shivering gentility to stave off Polly.
Oftentimes Tarzan went empty for more than a full sun, and he had passed through entire moons during which he had been but barely able to stave off starvation; but such times were infrequent.
They conceal something; they exaggerate chances of good luck; hide away the real state of affairs; say that things are flourishing when they are hopeless, keep a smiling face (a dreary smile it is) upon the verge of bankruptcy--are ready to lay hold of any pretext for delay or of any money, so as to stave off the inevitable ruin a few days longer.
Achilles and I are quarrelling about this girl, in which matter I was the first to offend; if we can be of one mind again, the Trojans will not stave off destruction for a day.
It's understood the cash flow It's understood the cash flow inside Ibrox is now being inside Ibrox is now being described as "code red", with described as "code red", with millions needed urgently to millions needed urgently to stave off insolvency.
The central bank introduced the auctions at the end of December to help stave off a currency crisis and thwart a run on the pound.
Women will do almost anything to stave off wrinkles but I gave a wry smile when I read that a collagen drink was a bestseller at a chain of high-street chemists.
Summary: Carphone Warehouse has managed to stave off slower growth in its European mobile phone division due to its partnership with Best Buy.
Summary: An Egyptian security official said large numbers of security forces were heading to Egypt-Israel border area in a bid to stave off any further Bedouin strife.
I've been collecting leaflets and in-paper supplements for weeks ready to launch Operation Keep the Kids Entertained while a friend of mine has resorted to a spread sheet of daily activities to stave off boredom before it strikes home.
Across the nation, those born in the 20 years after World War II are popularizing everything from ``brain-healthy'' foods to virtual brain gyms in an effort to retain their cognitive edge and stave off dementia.