Stall-off, to put off by means of a device, to misdirect purposely.
They will misdirect you for what the vulgar call "a lark," meaning, in this connection, a jest at your expense.
He was going to say "blest;" but he had not been blessed, and he was too technically honest to misdirect in his brief.
This simile, however, being external, is apt to misdirect the mind.
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