(third-person singular simple present holds off, present participle holding off, simple past and past participle held off)
- (idiomatic) To delay someone or something temporarily; to keep at bay.
- Let's try to hold off the lawyers until we are ready for them.
- (idiomatic) To delay commencing (an action until some specified time or event has passed).
- Hold off the decision one more day so I can answer your question.
- Hold off baking until I get there.
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To delay commencing an action (until some specified time or event has passed).
- Hold off on baking until I get there.