Definition of hold someone/something off in US English:

hold someone/something off

phrasal verb

  • Resist an attacker or challenge.

    ‘he held off a late challenge by Vose to win by thirteen seconds’
    • ‘Robert is having the challenge of his life trying to hold the other five off, but he is standing strong.’
    • ‘But even if someone does come at me, I think I'm playing well enough that I can hopefully hold them off.’
    • ‘He pushed the men away and held them off until the police arrived and the attackers ran off.’
    • ‘With all his might he fought to hold her off.’
    • ‘Thankfully we had got into our game by then and managed to hold them off.’
    • ‘The four were gaining but could we hold them off?’
    • ‘It took hundreds of cops and begging the owner of a local gun store for enough weapons to hold these guys off.’
    • ‘The Liberal Democrats held them off in Torbay, which had been the most marginal seat in the country, and Labour retained Putney, in south west London, another key Tory target.’
    • ‘They really went for it and our lads did well to hold them off and obtain the point.’
    • ‘The Indians attacked again at dusk, but they were held off by rifle and cannon fire.’
    resist, repel, repulse, rebuff, parry, deflect, keep off, fend off, stave off, ward off, keep at bay
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