play for time


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play for time

Fig. to stall; to act in such a way as to gain time. I'll play for time while you sneak out the window. The lawyers for the defense were playing for time while they looked for a witness.
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play for time

to try to obtain more time We had to play for time in the meeting because we were waiting for important papers to be delivered.
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play for time

to try to delay something so that you have more time to prepare for it We can't sign the agreement yet - we'll have to play for time.
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play for time

Use delaying tactics, temporize, as in The defense attorney decided to play for time while they searched for an eyewitness. [c. 1940]
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play for time

To use delaying tactics; temporize.
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