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stall for time

to cause a delay intentionally. You are just stalling for time. Please hurry. she is stalling for time, hoping someone will rescue her.
See also: stall, time

stall someone or something for something

to delay someone or something for a period of time. I stalled him for as long as I could. I could not stall the proceedings for another second.
See also: stall

stall someone or something off

to put off or delay someone or something. The sheriff is at the door. I'll stall him off while you get out the back door. You can stall off the sheriff, but you can't stall off justice.
See also: off, stall

set out your stall

  (British & Australian)
to show other people that you are determined to do something We've set out our stall to win the championship and we'll be disappointed if we don't.
See also: out, set, stall
References in classic literature ?
His hands were gripping the arms of the stall, his eyes were fixed upon the spot somewhere behind the curtain where this sudden little drama had been played out, as though indeed they could pierce the heavy upholstery and see beyond into the room where the very air seemed quivering still with the vehemence of the woman's outpoured scorn.
Armed once more with the lady's opera-glass (I borrowed it and kept it without scruple), I alone, of all that vast audience, turned my back on the stage, and riveted my attention on the gallery stalls.
There was a man in the stall immediately behind her, who bent over her and spoke to her from time to time.
The man behind her (annoyed, as I supposed, by the marked indifference which she showed to the performance) tapped her impatiently on the shoulder, as if he thought that she was quite capable of falling asleep in her stall.
If I am not mistaken, sir,' Mr Wegg delicately hinted, resting a hand on his stall, and bending over the discursive Boffin, 'you alluded to some offer or another that was in your mind?
Left alone at his stall as the other ambled off, Mr Wegg subsided into his screen, produced a small pocket-handkerchief of a penitentially-scrubbing character, and took himself by the nose with a thoughtful aspect.
Stephen moved step by step as if he were being unwillingly dragged, until he had got round the open end of the stall, and was half hidden by a screen of draperies.
Meanwhile, Maggie sat at her stall cold and trembling, with that painful sensation in the eyes which comes from resolutely repressed tears.
Whereupon, having sold all his meat, he closed his stall and went with them to the great Guild Hall.
Jack was standing in the middle of the stall, and by the moonlight Tip could see he was smiling just as jovially as ever.
Vronsky, seeing his cousin from his stall in the front row, did not wait till the entr'acte, but went to her box.
Licensed traders are charged PS25 per stall per day plus a 75p advertising charge, for non-food stalls, and PS28 per day plus the 75p advertising fee for food stalls.
Makeshift stalls of clothes and shoes including other items on cheaper rates is the only alternative left for the less privileged.
Municipal officials have undertaken round-the-clock inspection of stalls in all districts in the city.
C)Each stall should be provided with a Plug Point of 5 Amps.