One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Postpone something.‘they can't put off a decision much longer’
postpone, defer, delay, put off, adjourn, hold over, reschedule, tablepostpone, defer, delay, put back, adjourn, hold over, reschedule, shelve, tableView synonyms
- ‘The proposal, with five others, was considered by Southend's cabinet yesterday but a decision was put off because of an undisclosed technical matter.’
- ‘If your older child is approaching any major milestones, like potty training or moving from a crib to a bed, you may want to put them off until after the baby has been at home for some time.’
- ‘Maintenance schemes costing more than £700,000 to improve the condition of York council homes have been put off - because of a funding shortfall.’
- ‘Their questions were put off until after the public address.’
- ‘Decisions about replacing cages will be put off until 2009.’
- ‘What was said to me was that the decision has been put off until Tuesday.’
- ‘In the last three months, 14 operations were put off because instruments, including scalpels and forceps, were found to be dirty or the protective wrapping was damaged.’
- ‘But a decision was put off for a further four weeks while design issues are resolved.’
- ‘I kept putting the decision off, until my friend persuaded me to tell the baby's father.’
- ‘The wish to put things off or to delay them is human, but counterproductive.’
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