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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.
See also: fire, hang

hang/hold fire

to delay doing something, especially making a decision, because you are waiting to see what will happen It would have been good to settle the matter now, but I think we should hang fire until the general situation becomes clearer. (often + on ) The chancellor has said he will continue to hold fire on a further reduction in interest rates.
See fire blanks, breathe fire, draw fire, fight fire with fire, light a fire under, light fire, play with fire
See also: fire, hang

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]
See also: fire, hang
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Sam from Hang Fire explains: "We were really excited to meet Sue, not only because we love her beers, but also because we know how tough it is to successfully break into an artisan industry and to be taken seriously by male counterparts.
Our vision for the Hang Fire Southern Kitchen is to bring together all the things we loved and learned about the food, drink and music of the American South.
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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.
Who: Hokkei; Chucks; Meat and Greek; Hang Fire Smokehouse; El Salsa; Patagonia; DF Chicken; Hemp Hut; Slow Pig.
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).