hold off

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Synonyms for hold off

resist and fight to a standoff

wait before acting

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RELUCTANT ROGER (Race 10) can take command and hold off all challengers.
The two companies have decided to hold off litigations against each other for two more days.
A day before the three-member board was to vote on May 18, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said they wanted to hold off on a vote until legal issues surrounding the stadium were resolved.
The Richard Hills-ridden colt was able to hold off the strong challenge of Pawn Broker in the final furlong, but he is unlikely to get his favourite conditions at Epsom.
Mike, the weak hook dropper: If he sees no threat to the weakside flat and that Wil is available to hold off #1, Mike can push to #3 and stack on him with depth, staying alert to the checkdown.
Robert Bolick and Davon Potts combined forces to hold off the Cardinals in the fourth quarter as the Red Lions improved to 7-0.
CAMAS (Heat 7) is well-boxed to hold off Confident Rankin.
The Australian used all his experience under pressure to hold off the challenge of Tiger Woods to become the first back-to-back winner of this tournament in 22 years and he'll hope for a hat-trick of titles this weekend.
Bishop Ingham declined to say precisely how long he would hold off "We will see how it goes," he said.
Montjoy stuck to his task bravely but could not hold off Public Purse and finally Persian Ruler, who was given a fine ride by Sylvain Guillot.