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hold\ off
1a. To refuse to let (someone) become friendly.

The president's high rank and chilly manner held people off.

Compare: keep at a distance
1b. To be rather shy or unfriendly.

Perkins was a scholarly man who held off from people.

Compare: keep at a distance
2. To keep away by fighting; oppose by force.

The man locked himself in the house and held off the police for an hour.

3. To wait before (doing something); postpone; delay.

Jack held off paying for the television set until the dealer fixed it.

Mr. Smith held off from building while interest rates were high.

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