hold off

verb
1. resist and fight to a standoff (Freq. 3)
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Dallas had enough of a lead to hold the Broncos off

Hypernyms: ↑resist, ↑hold out, ↑withstand, ↑stand firm
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

2. wait before acting
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the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment

Syn: ↑wait, ↑hold back
Derivationally related forms: ↑wait (for: ↑wait), ↑waiter (for: ↑wait)
Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑move
Hyponyms: ↑hold out, ↑delay
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s VERB-ing

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They hold off a long time


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  • hold off — verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to block from an objective ; delay 2. to defer action on ; postpone < hold off a decision > 3. to fight to a standoff ; withstand …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To hold off — Hold Hold, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Held}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Holding}. {Holden}, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing, though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth. haldan to feed,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hold off — Hold Hold, v. i. In general, to keep one s self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence: [1913 Webster] 1. Not to move; to halt; to stop; mostly in the imperative. [1913 Webster] And damned be him that first cries, Hold, enough!… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hold — Hold, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Held}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Holding}. {Holden}, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing, though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth. haldan to feed, tend… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hold — Hold, v. i. In general, to keep one s self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence: [1913 Webster] 1. Not to move; to halt; to stop; mostly in the imperative. [1913 Webster] And damned be him that first cries, Hold, enough! Shak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hold on — Hold Hold, v. i. In general, to keep one s self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence: [1913 Webster] 1. Not to move; to halt; to stop; mostly in the imperative. [1913 Webster] And damned be him that first cries, Hold, enough!… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hold up — Hold Hold, v. i. In general, to keep one s self in a given position or condition; to remain fixed. Hence: [1913 Webster] 1. Not to move; to halt; to stop; mostly in the imperative. [1913 Webster] And damned be him that first cries, Hold, enough!… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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