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." Seeing query in her face, he went on: "Of what kind the danger may be, I know not, and cannot guess.
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.
CREON If wail and lamentation aught availed To stave off death, I trow they'd never end.
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.
Their 196 for six was not enough as the home side dug in to almost certainly stave off relegation.
For more than a year now Pakistan has struggled to stave off a looming balance-of-payments crisis while its economy teeters due to low growth, soaring inflation, and mounting debt.
Forces stave off Mumbai-style terrorist attack on Gwadar hotel
Like so many westerners with an urge to help, he takes matters into his own hands by constructing a well to help stave off the deadly drought that threatens his new home but quickly finds that water scarcity is not the biggest threat.
Summary: Turkish-backed rebels said Sunday that they expected to finish withdrawing heavy weapons from a planned buffer zone in northwestern Syria within days under a deal to stave off a regime attack.
President Tsai Ing-wen should confirm rumors of a trip to Paraguay in August to stave off efforts by China to lure away more allies, experts said Saturday.