Synonyms of 'stave off'
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If you avert something unpleasant, you prevent it from happening.
A fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
If you evade a question or a topic, you avoid talking about it or dealing with it.
Mr Archer denied that he was evading the question.
Thesaurus for stave off from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you stave off something bad , or if you stave it off , you succeed in stopping it happening for a while.