putoff

[poot-awf, -of]
noun
1.
an act or instance of putting off.
2.
a delaying, postponing, or avoiding of something.
3.
an expressed excuse or evasion; demur: She responded with a polite but firm putoff.

Origin:
1540–50; noun use of verb phrase put off

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putoff

noun
a pretext for delay or inaction 
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Example sentences
Merchants were happy to hear the project has been putoff fora couple months.
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