What is Stave off?
Stave off definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
one of the thin, narrow, shaped pieces of wood that form the sides of a cask, tub, or similar vessel.
a stick, rod, pole, or the like.
a rung of a ladder, chair, etc.
Prosody. a verse or stanza of a poem or song.the alliterating sound in a line of verse, as the w-sound in wind in the willows.
Music. staff1(def 10).
verb (used with object), staved or stove, stav