stave off

Synonyms and related words:
adjourn, anticipate, avert, bar, beat off, block, check, continue, counter, debar, defer, deflect, delay, deter, discourage, dishearten, drag out, drive back, drive off, estop, exclude, extend, fend, fend off, forbid, foreclose, forestall, hang fire, hang up, help, hinder, hold at bay, hold off, hold over, hold up, keep at bay, keep from, keep off, lay aside, lay by, lay over, obstruct, obviate, parry, pigeonhole, postpone, preclude, prevent, prohibit, prolong, prorogate, prorogue, protract, push aside, push back, put aside, put back, put off, put on ice, rebuff, rebut, recess, repel, repulse, reserve, rule out, save, set aside, set by, shelve, shift off, sleep on, stand over, stay, stop, stretch out, suspend, table, take a recess, turn aside, waive, ward, ward off

Moby Thesaurus. . 1996.


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  • stave off — (something) to keep something away or keep something from happening. The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to boost the economy and stave off a recession. Death is natural and inevitable we can t stave it off forever. Related vocabulary:… …   New idioms dictionary

  • stave off — index avert, contain (restrain), defer (put off), deter, dissuade, forestall, hold up ( …   Law dictionary

  • stave off — verb prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening (Freq. 3) Let s avoid a confrontation head off a confrontation avert a strike • Syn: ↑debar, ↑forefend, ↑forfend, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • stave off — PHRASAL VERB If you stave off something bad, or if you stave it off, you succeed in stopping it happening for a while. [V P n (not pron)] In a desperate attempt to stave off defeat, he reluctantly promised wholesale reform of the constitution...… …   English dictionary

  • stave off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms stave off : present tense I/you/we/they stave off he/she/it staves off present participle staving off past tense staved off past participle staved off to stop something from happening We re still trying to… …   English dictionary

  • stave off — here, eat some crackers to stave off your hunger Syn: avert, prevent, avoid, counter, preclude, forestall, nip in the bud; ward off, fend off, head off, keep off, keep at bay …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • stave off — transitive verb Date: 1611 1. to fend off < staving off creditors > 2. to ward off (as something adverse) ; forestall < trying to stave off disaster > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stave off — verb to prevent something from happening; to obviate or avert He drank plenty of orange juice, hoping to stave off the cold making the rounds at the office. ,Finnish …   Wiktionary

  • stave off — phr verb Stave off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑disaster …   Collocations dictionary

  • stave off — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. ward off, hold off, fend off, avoid, repel, block. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action: avert, forestall, forfend, obviate, preclude, prevent, rule out, ward… …   English dictionary for students

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