buy time

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buy time

To stall or delay in order to gain more time to do something. A noun, pronoun, or reflexive pronoun can be used between "buy" and "time," as can words like "more" and "some." I'm so sorry I'm running late to the party, but I'm almost there now—buy me some time so that I don't miss the cake-cutting! It's just such a big decision. What can we say to the bank to buy more time?
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buy time

to postpone an event hoping that the situation will improve. You are just stalling to buy time. Maybe I can buy some time by asking the judge for a continuance.
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buy time

Increase the time available for a specific purpose. For example, Renting an apartment buys them time to look around for a new house.
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buy (yourself) time

If someone buys time or buys themselves time, they do something to give themselves more time. Knight was buying time while he considered his next move. He summoned the waiter, placed the order, and bought himself the time he needed.
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buy time

adopt tactics which delay an event temporarily so as to have longer to improve your own position.
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buy ˈtime

delay something that seems about to happen: This treatment can buy time for the patient, but I’m afraid it will not cure him.
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buy time

To increase the time available for a specific purpose: "A moderate recovery thus buys time for Congress and the Administration to whittle the deficit" (G. David Wallace).
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How they plan to eliminate their colleague Chris Allen (Casey Affleck) in order to buy themselves time to pull off their next heist, forms the crux of the tale.
The repetition is also a way to buy themselves time as they attempt to gather their thoughts, she adds.
They don't appear to be sincere in their negotiations and have only cut deals to buy themselves time -- time, many intelligence experts fear, that will allow them to advance the development of a nuke
Politicians are trying to buy themselves time so austerity measures kick in and impact budgets and deficits and markets become more forgiving and rates come down," said Wasif Latif, vice-president of equity investments at the San Antonio, Texas-based USAA Investment Management, which manages about $45 billion.
3 People will insist on referring to Liverpool and Newcastle as "Liverpool Football Club" and "Newcastle United Football Club" This annoying verbal tic is particularly popular with ex-pros and club directors trying to buy themselves time in interviews when they've not really got anything to say.
Bosses used to buy themselves time by insisting they were working to fiveyear plans.
The court was told that Russell and Lewis moved money from accounts to buy themselves time and told banks that money would be deposited within hours.
They may try compliance-only to buy themselves time, but they want to figure out how they can benefit from the system so they can get a significant ROI.
And they have taken a deliberate decision to delay further announcements on school allocations to buy themselves time.
And for most of the game the Tartan Army loved it, cheering every tackle, booing every time a Slovenian went down playing injured (mostly) trying to buy themselves time.