hold in abeyance

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hold something in abeyance

to stall or postpone something. This is a good plan but not at this time. Let's just hold it in abeyance until things get better. We will hold the matter in abeyance until we hear from you.
See also: abeyance, hold
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Hold in abeyance any negative prejudices or expectations and approach the student as if she is new to your studio and as if your work together has a fresh beginning.
What Paul Morrison managed, though, was to hold in abeyance any sense that this darkness was unremitting.
The argument from T's point of view is that the decision to hold in abeyance the civil tax resolution procedures is simply a ministerial act.
Anthony Cataldo, Calypte's Executive Chairman, stated that while the company was seeking stockholder authorization for a potential reverse split of the outstanding shares of common stock, he noted that such a reverse split was not necessarily mandated by the proposal and that the Preliminary Proxy states the Board of Directors upon shareholder approval, would reserve the right at the Board's discretion to proceed with, hold in abeyance or to abandon such a reverse split.
a major customer deciding to hold in abeyance a number of its