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hang fire

1. To wait to take action. I know you want to start on that project, but hang fire until I get these questions answered by the boss.
2. To await further action. How many projects do you have hanging fire right now?
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hang fire

to delay or wait; to be delayed. I think we should hang fire and wait for other information. Our plans have to hang fire until we get planning permission.
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hang fire

Delay, as in The advertising campaign is hanging fire until they decide how much to spend on it. This expression originally referred to the 17th-century flintlock musket, where the priming powder ignited but often failed to explode the main charge, a result called hanging fire. [c. 1800]
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hang fire

1. If you hang fire, you wait and do not do anything for a while. Banks and building societies are hanging fire on interest rates to see how the French vote in their referendum.
2. If something hangs fire, nothing is done about it for a while. He spent the next 18 months worrying about the numerous important programmes that were hanging fire in his absence. Note: This expression dates from the time when firearms used gunpowder rather than bullets. If a gun hung fire, it did not fire properly because the gunpowder had not caught light. `Flash in the pan' has a similar origin.
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hang fire

delay or be delayed in taking action or progressing.
In the late 18th century, hang fire was used to refer to the action of a firearm that was slow in communicating the fire through the vent to the charge and so did not go off immediately.
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hang ˈfire

delay or be delayed: We’ll have to hang fire on that decision, I’m afraid.This phrase refers to a gun which does not fire immediately.
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Paul Nicholls will decide today whether to pitch the four-year-old back into action at Prestbury Park's opening meeting or hang fire for a later date.
As far as the move to a Wednesday-Saturday festival, or even a Thursday-Sunday one, is concerned, it might just be that the course executive will hang fire on that.
But Allardyce tells me he will hang fire as far as another Brazilian - Edmilson - is concerned, instead he says he will wait until the Barcelona central defender is fit again.
There had been a suggestion that he would sit down with O'Neill this week though it seems he will hang fire until this time next week.
We tell them to hang fire, but they are scared the market will drop out and they will have to sell for next to nothing.
We just need to hang fire rather than slam the guillotine down on someone,' he added.
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Evan Williams' gelding looked to have a similarly straightforward task to today's when sent off at a short price at Fakenham on his penultimate start, but he trailed in a well-beaten third after showing signs of temperament when under pressure, appearing to hang fire, finding very little and showing a tendency to hang left.
Viola is understood to have been told privately that Ferguson should hang fire before doing anything foolish.
He warrants further support here, but it might be wise to hang fire with regard to the Royal & SunAlliance as he could also be aimed at the Festival's three-miler.
He could tell me to come down to Leicester but it's more likely he'll say hang fire until Hearts are in a better position.
Last month he seemed delighted that Owen Hargreaves had made the ``right'' decision in opting for England, and now again he's urging David Vaughan to hang fire until he's made up his mind (The Western Mail July 9).