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hold (something) in abeyance

To delay or suspend something. How long do you think they will hold the decision in abeyance? I'm eager to know what they think.
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in abeyance

A phrase used to describe something as pending or suspended. How long do you think they will hold the decision in abeyance? I'm eager to know what they think.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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in abeyance

in reserve. Until the judge determined that the evidence could be used in the trial, it was held in abeyance. I kept my opinion in abeyance.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The order which was held in abeyance was authored by Justice Dost Mohammad Khan (now retired) of the apex court on Oct 24, 2017.
Article 6 in its first section states: "Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason."
If the Sandiganbayan decided to grant Durano's motion and hold in abeyance any further action on the case, then it is already tantamount to a suspension of arraignment.
'Also, as of 7:00 this morning, I read a text instructing me to hold in abeyance announcement of who it is that the President will sack next,' Roque said in a press briefing in Malacanang.
ISLAMABAD -- Despite strict and clear directives of High Court, the appointment of chairman HEC (Higher Education Commission) by government authorities still stands in abeyance.
The government plans to charge Musharraf with abrogating, subverting, suspending, holding in abeyance and attempting to conspire against the 1973 Constitution by declaring emergency and overthrowing superior judiciary in November 2007, Dawn News reports.
The award had been " held in abeyance" since 2004 as the human resource development ( HRD) ministry had initiated several inquiries against Rajput on charges ranging from financial irregularities to irregular appointments.
Here, the laws of gravity and identity are in abeyance.
When a title has been in abeyance for 100 years, it becomes extinct.
In response, the prosecution also filed a motion to hold in abeyance the proceedings of the case.
Senator JV Ejercito wants the Senate to hold in abeyance its planned Senate probe on the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia pending the scheduled arrival of World Health Organization (WHO) officials in the country next week.
'As all the petitions related to the contempt of court, therefore, to the extent of respondent Khadim Hussein, the process is kept in abeyance till determination of his involvement in the commission of the alleged contempt of Court', the learned apex court said in its order.
It is significant to mention here that the decision of chairmen' appointments was held in abeyance intentionally as all the chairmen appointed by the government had challenged in the court.
The AGP contended that no constitutional provision or statutes has empowered the apex court to determine whether anyone has subverted, abrogated or held the constitution in abeyance or to register high treason case, but that right has been given to the elected representatives of the people.