Forestall



[fohr-stawl, fawr-] /foʊrˈstɔl, fɔr-/

verb (used with object)
1.
to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance:
to forestall a riot by deploying police.
2.
to act beforehand with or get ahead of; anticipate.
3.
to buy up (goods) in advance in order to increase the price when resold.
4.
to prevent sales at (a fair, market, etc.) by buying up or diverting goods.
/fɔːˈstɔːl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to delay, stop, or guard against beforehand
2.
to anticipate
3.

v.

late 14c. (implied in forestalling), “to lie in wait for;” also “to intercept goods before they reach public markets and buy them privately” (formerly a crime; mid-14c. in this sense in Anglo-French), from Old English noun foresteall “intervention, hindrance (of justice); an ambush, a waylaying,” literally “a standing before (someone),” from fore- “before” + steall “standing position” (see stall (n.1)). Modern sense of “to anticipate and delay” is from 1580s. Related: Forestalled; forestalling.

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