Israel, to its credit, in early 2012 actually asked the IMF to loan the PA $1 billion to stave off financial collapse.
Will “loyalty cards” be enough to stave of a Republican massacre of House Democrats on Tuesday?
The amount was large: $125 billion in loans from the European Union to stave off the collapse of Spanish banks.
Labour won overall control of 32 new local authorities, and managed to stave off a Scottish National Party threat in Glasgow.
And how much do you need to sweat to stave off the disease that kills 500,000 people every year?
And she remembered her own passionate attempts to stave off despair by work.
If I could stave off poverty no real harm could come to my child.
Do you know that every stick and stave I possess is mortgaged?
And how futile a thing it was to stave off discovery for a single day!
The crotchets and quavers are dancing up and down the stave like little black boys on a fence.
"piece of a barrel," 1750, back-formation from staves (late 14c.), plural of staff (cf. leaves/leaf), possibly from Old English, but not recorded there. The verb (to stave in, past tense stove) is 1590s, originally nautical, on notion of bashing in the staves of a cask and letting out the contents; stave off (1620s) is literally "keep off with a staff," as of dogs.