stave off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stave off prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening "Let's avoid a confrontation","head off a confrontation","avert a strike"
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Usage

In literature:

Then they got into marching trim again, took their staves in their hands, and set off up the valley.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
She was now wholly within the circle of his arm, not struggling, but with her poor thin arms staving him off.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
They gave me tea and fried bacon, and staved off my headache as well as might be.
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
This was Lesley's way of trying to stave off the inevitable.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
The oranges were green, but he picked a few to stave off the pangs of hunger.
"Collectivum" by Mike Lewis
Successive adjournments staved off the debate on the address; and by September 16th, terms had been settled.
"British Supremacy & Canadian Self-Government" by J. L. Morison
I shall bring up the rear and do my best to stave off the Indians.
"Scouting with Daniel Boone" by Everett T. Tomlinson
There is no doubt but that his death staved off the ultimate extinction.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
I should have gone last night, but I managed to stave off my orders till now.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
Fortunately for Mary the woman got better, and the evil day was staved off for a time.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
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In poetry:

Why, throstle, do you sing
In this November haze?
Singing for what? for whom?
Deem you that it is Spring,
Or that your lonely lays
Will stave off Winter's gloom?
"A November Note" by Alfred Austin

In news:

The study from Harvard researchers shows eating berries could stave off the cognitive decline and memory loss that comes with aging.
New Knoxville staves off Blue Jays.
German Unemployment Falls as Economy Staves Off Crisis.
Governor Hangs On, Staves Off Bad Punditry.
Kim staves off Ishikawa, Ikeda for JGTO money crown.
Banks told to make plans for staving off collapse.
4 ways to stave off the cell phone apocalypse.
Pakistani opposition party rejoins government, staving off crisis.
Staving off the summertime blues.
Mom's advice holds true for staving off swine flu.
Experts urge aggressive action to stave off monster forest fires.
How to stave off a not-so-welcome invasion and other burning questions.
Walbrecht, Spartans stave off Tigers.
Microsoft Hints of Future Programs to Stave Off Linux Overseas.
Hostess says mediation to stave off shutdown failed.
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