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n.1.A shift for evasion or delay; an evasion; an excuse.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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According to the witness, the bewildered occupant's action quickly attracted more sympathisers' who ran helter-skelter in assisting to put-off the fire, but their efforts were not enough.
ALAN CURBISHLEY admits the speculation linking him with the England job could put-off players from signing for Charlton.
Other put-offs included cigarette smoke, whiffy drains and animals.