stave

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I think he'll turn him round: I think the nomination may be staved off.
she interrupted, "you saved me from ruin, staved it off at any rate.
He 's done his best; but it can't be staved off any longer, and it 's all up with him.
The railroad,' he said, as he unbuckled the straps and took off a big '44 Colt's automatic from where he wore it handy on his left side under his coat, 'I staved as long as I agreed--three months--and it didn't get me.