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Keep something away, albeit temporarily.



A stave is a stick of wood, from the plural of staff, staves. In the early 17th century, staves were used in the sport of bull-baiting, where dogs were set against bulls. If the dogs got a bull down, the bull's owner often tried to save him for another fight by driving the dogs off with a stave.

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