stand off

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To prevent any would-be attacker from coming close by adopting an offensive posture.
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We took hold of anything that might serve as a weapon to stand off the menacing group of young men.

Submitted on August 09, 2009

Additional definitions for 'stand off':

stand offTo stand some distance apart form something or someone.
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