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 (po͝ot′ôf′, -ŏf′)
A pretext for inaction; an excuse.
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Noun1.putoff - a pretext for delay or inaction
pretext, stalking-horse - something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
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"Yes, she would be, but that she thinks there will be another putoff. She does not depend upon his coming so much as I do: but she does not know the parties so well as I do.
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It has been well documented that Russell Targ and Hal Putoff coined the word "remote viewing" when they were conducting parapsychology at Stanford Research Institute.
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Nothing is a bigger putoff than having to deal with rude employees or having a hard time hunting down someone for assistance.
And as if red tape weren't a putoff, the number of available venues, too, is shrinking with the government making it clear that the various stadiums upgraded for the Commonwealth Games will be used only for sports events.