What is the Meaning of
for English Language Learners (ELL) – those learning to speak English as a Second Language (ESL), or English as an Additional Language (EAL)
to delay, to not start until later
1. I need a new phone, but I want to hold off until I find a good price.
2. My friend held off until the new model was released and she got a great deal.
3. I was going to make plans for a picnic this weekend, but the forecast says it is going to rain so I think I will hold off.
hold off (on) something
to delay doing something, to not start until later
1. I need a new phone, but I want to hold off buying a new one until I find a good price.
2. I am going to hold off on phoning her until tomorrow.
3. During the COVID pandemic, governments told people to hold off on travel.
hold off someone/something
hold someone/something off
prevent someone (or something) from success in physically attacking you, or from causing you problems
1. He held the bear off until his screams attracted other hikers who came running to help.
2. He is a strong defence player but I don’t think he can hold off the other team’s opposition.
3. The company is in trouble. They need to raise a lot of money quickly to hold off their creditors.
|present –||HOLD OFF|
|present participle –||HOLDING OFF|
|past –||HELD OFF|
|past participle –||HELD OFF|