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hold off

This page is about the phrasal verb hold off.

Meaning: to delay doing something until a later time

Synonym: delay

For example:

  • hold off sth We've decided to hold off our expansion plans because of the downturn in the economy.

  • hold off doing sth We should hold off publishing the book until the end of the year.

Quick Quiz:

The bad weather meant we had to to hold off the company picnic

a. inside a hall instead of outside

b. and go home after an hour or so

c. until a later date

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