put off


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cause to feel intense dislike or distaste

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take away the enthusiasm of

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avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

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No, sir, she is not one-and-thirty; but I do not think I can put off my engagement, because it is the only evening for some time which will at once suit her and myself.
Among the officers in the last boats to put off from the cruiser was the commander of the vessel; and when he had heard the story of Jane's abduction, he generously called for volunteers to accompany Professor Porter and Clayton in their search.
The journey abroad was put off, and the wedding was fixed for a day not very distant.
Five of us put off in a boat to explore--that is the last that I can recall.
Well, you see I'd have to go some time," sighed the Story Girl, "and the longer it was put off the harder it would be.
Indeed it was thought that all observations would have to be put off to the 3d of January in the following year; for the moon entering its last quarter on the 11th, would then only present an ever-decreasing portion of her disc, insufficient to allow of their following the course of the projectile.
Do I never read how they are put off, put off, put off--how they are grudged, grudged, grudged, the shelter, or the doctor, or the drop of physic, or the bit of bread?
The Puritan --if not belied by some singular stories, murmured, even at this day, under the narrator's breath--had fallen into certain transgressions to which men of his great animal development, whatever their faith or principles, must continue liable, until they put off impurity, along with the gross earthly substance that involves it.
Perry had remonstrated with him about it, and told him how shabby it was in him, their best player, to absent himself, and tried very much to persuade him to put off his journey only one day; but it would not do; Mr.
And you have put off speaking to me to the last moment, just as you put off everything else.
Most people, I mean, would be seriously upset if their marriage was put off for six months or so.
If gentlemen kin afford to pay a dollar a mile apiece to be took on and put off in a yawl, a steam- boat kin afford to carry 'em, can't it?
Dad blame dat revival, I wisht it had 'a' be'n put off till tomorrow
Many a time, when you were put off with a slight word, he has taken Me to his heart
Researchers discovered that nearly half (44 per cent) of people questioned aged between 21 and 55+ had put off seeing a GP, with men being slightly more likely not to go.