Значение идиомы stave off

[stave off] {v.}, {literary} To keep from touching or hurting you. Syn.: WARD OFF.

The white knight struck with his sword. The blackknight staved it off with his own sword.

Bill’s warm new coalstaved off the cold.

They staved off starvation by eating two ofthe sled dogs.

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Значение идиомы stave off