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fawr stawl

  • v  keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  • v  act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

  • For them, all these courtroom machinations just dredge up their heartache and forestall closure.
  • Less pressure from Wall Street may forestall short-term cuts, enabling papers to shift their focus from quarterly earnings toward rethinking the print game.
  • Germany invades Norway "to forestall a British invasion.

  • Mitt Romney in Globe and Mail
    I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,Mr. Romney told conservatives. "If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator...
  • President Bush in Reuters
    I support the primary objective of this legislation, to forestall reductions in physician payments. Yet taking choices away from seniors to pay physicians is wrong. This bill is objectionable, and I am vetoing it,Bush said in a statement to...

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