Last modified on 11 December 2013, at 17:31
stave off (third-person singular simple present staves off, present participle staving off, simple past and past participle staved off)
- (idiomatic) to prevent something from happening; to obviate or avert
- 2011, Jamie Noguchi, Yellow Peril: The View
- LANCE: Only through my training as a sex machine am I able to stave off genital turgidity.
- He drank plenty of orange juice, hoping to stave off the cold making the rounds at the office.
prevent something from happening