hold off

Definitions of hold off
  1. verb
    wait before acting
    “the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment”
    synonyms: hold back, wait
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    hold out
    wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
    act later than planned, scheduled, or required
    hesitate, pause
    interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
    dilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, procrastinate, shillyshally, stall
    postpone doing what one should be doing
    postpone or delay needlessly
    defer, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table
    hold back to a later time
    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  2. verb
    resist and fight to a standoff
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    hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
    stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
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