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phrasal verb
  1. 3
    mainly journalism to stop an opponent from starting to win or lead

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of hold off

  2. 5
    if rain or snow holds off, it does not fall, although you expected it to

    American English synonyms or related words for this sense of hold off

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