To hold off

Related to To hold off: defer to, take issue with
to keep at a distance.

See also: Hold

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
But having tried to cast anchor, which was a stone at the end of a piece of the kite-string, he found no bottom, and was fain to hold off, seeking for moorage, and, feeling his way, he buffeted against a sunken reef that cast him overboard by the greatness of the shock, and he was near to being drowned, but clambered back into the vessel.
I told him to await us at the cliff-top, and if Dian came alone to do his best to get away with her and take her to Sari, as I thought it quite possible that, in case of detection and pursuit, it might be necessary for me to hold off Hooja's people while Dian made her way alone to where my new friend was to await her.
THE ABORIGINE, APPARENTLY UNINJURED, CLIMBED quickly into the skiff, and seizing the spear with me helped to hold off the infuriated creature.
The lawyer made a last effort to hold off the coming disclosure a little longer.
Instinctively she wss impelled to hold off, to make him woo her, to make herself more desirably valuable ere she yielded.
Team Ginspiration were runners-up with three victories, while in the mixed division Oarsome Coresome claimed all their races to hold off Team Fausto by one point.
Adamson held a 78-68 lead midway through the fourth but still needed to hold off Letran late.
Lawless had to hold off the challenge of reigning champ Greg van Avermaet, who took the stage win but finished two seconds down on the Team INEOS rider.
Former Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has urged prominent lawyer Azhar Harun to hold off from becoming the Election Commission (EC) chairman, at least until the Parliament has given consent.
The New Jersey Racing Commission reportedly issued a memo late Thursday that racetracks still have to hold off on accepting sports wagers until Gov.
The Barcelona-born Bernabeu fresh from winning the Kuwait Open, managed to hold off Tamimi after scores were tied at 10-10.
Boro had to dig deep to hold off a Forest revival after the break and in a tetchy spell theer were seven bookings.