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Synonyms for hold off

resist and fight to a standoff

wait before acting

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Drazin said shortly after the bill's unanimous passage he would hold off accepting sports wagers until the Governor's office takes action.
As Glenn Beck says, "Gang, we're the top of the food chain." If we hold off on the convention through the election, we all have to support the effort to reach the electorate.
Ridden by Peterjon Carberry, the six-year-old was always in the firing line before jumping to the front two out and showing plenty of determination to readily hold off the renewed effort of Kasban by nine lengths.
Summary: DUBROVNIK, July 10, 2010, SPA -- Bosnia will hold off applying for European Union membership until it receives more welcoming signals from Brussels, Reuters quoted its foreign minister as saying on Saturday.
If Watson can hold off the charge for 18 more holes it would complete one of the greatest ever sporting fairytales - 32 years after he lifted the Claret Jug at Turnberry.
Robson again suffered the jitters after opening up a 3-0 lead but he managed to hold off any comeback for victory.
Global Banking News-9 October 2008-Citi and Wells Fargo agree to hold off litigation(C)2008 ENPublishing - http://www.enpublishing.co.uk
But marks for many papers taken by 14-year-olds were still not available, forcing ministers to hold off publishing for local areas.
The leading quartet, whose advantage over the peloton was at one stage almost 15 minutes, managed to hold off the chasing pack in a nailbiting final few kilometres.
For example, "the sound of an O Antiphon still jazzes me," he writes, because the hymn helps him hold off the distractions of the world and experience the inner connections of the Christmas season.
The airline, a feeder carrier for Northwest Airlines, said it planned to impose pay cuts after the deadline but also noted that it might hold off if the two sides are close to an agreement.
Since you recognize that living in New York presents a financial barrier to your dream of homeownership, it would be prudent to hold off on your plan to purchase unless you can add the income of your spouse to the mix.
* AP should always tell purchasing if it is going to hold off on payments beyond agreed-upon terms.
The AFA threatened a boycott in May over Ford's support of gay media and causes, but after the company and some of its dealers agreed to negotiate, the AFA agreed to hold off. On December 1 it canceled the boycott altogether.
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.