hold off

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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to not start)
a. aguantar
I hope the storm holds off until we finish fixing the roof.Espero que la tormenta aguante hasta que terminemos de arreglar el techo.
2. (to delay)
a. aplazar
I want a new car, but I'm holding off buying it until the fall when they go on sale.Quiero un coche nuevo, pero estoy aplazando comprarlo hasta el otoño cuando están en liquidación.
b. postergar
Bill is going to hold off asking Jill to marry him until they finish college.Bill va a postergar pedirle a Jill que se case con él hasta que terminen la universidad.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
3. (to resist)
a. rechazar
We just have to hold them off a few minutes longer. The airstrike has been called in.Sólo tenemos que rechazarlos unos minutos más. Se ha pedido el ataque aéreo.
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hold off
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (keep at bay)
a. rechazar
she held off making a decision until she had more informationpospuso su decisión hasta disponer de más datos
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (delay)
a.
the rain is holding offno se decide a llover
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hold off
transitive verb
1 (resist) [+attack, enemy] rechazar; [+threat] apartar; [+person] defenderse contra; [+visitor] hacer esperar;
2 (postpone) aplazar
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (stand back) mantenerse a distancia; no tomar parte; [+person] (wait) esperar
2
if the rain holds off si no llueve
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