stave off something

stave off something
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: ward off someone/something, fend off something

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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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 — 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

  • ward off something — ward off (someone/something) to try to keep away someone or something that would hurt you. He raised his arm at the elbow to ward off the blow. They have a “No Trespassing” sign out front to ward off anyone who happens by. She often gets… …   New idioms dictionary

  • fend off something — fend off (something) to prevent something from happening. A politician has to learn how to fend off unfriendly questions, especially from the press. Related vocabulary: stave off something …   New idioms 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 [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 — 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 — [steɪv] verb stave something → off phrasal verb [transitive] to prevent something bad from happening or affecting you for a short period of time: • The company is restructuring in an attempt to stave off bankruptcy …   Financial and business terms

  • stave — ► NOUN 1) any of the lengths of wood fixed side by side to make a barrel, bucket, etc. 2) a strong stick, post, or pole. 3) (also staff) Music a set of five parallel lines on or between any of which a note is written to indicate its pitch. 4) a… …   English terms dictionary

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