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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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Coral reacted by cutting Can't Buy Time to 20-1 from 25-1 and spokesman David Stevens said: ''It has been suggested that Tony McCoy will be on board Can't Buy Time and punters have been quick to back the horse in the hope the champion will end his Grand National hoodoo.
It is a while away yet but at this stage, it's more than likely Tony will ride Can't Buy Time.
Nothing is written in stone and it's a while away yet but at this stage, it's more than likely Tony will ride Can't Buy Time.
The hypothermic response will buy time for the rodent's body to detoxify harmful agents, but it may also slow the clearance of some chemicals.
They're not the only ones in the industry hoping to buy time before another event.
Manning believed that three years was the most he could expect from the Liberals, and he hoped to buy time to convince them to make the prohibition permanent.
The Times on Wednesday criticized Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori's new cabinet, which includes two former prime ministers, as a means to buy time.
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What has emerged in the late 20th Century is that people will buy time whenever they can.
That should buy time for the company's big bet for the future, hypermarkets, to pay off.
The Dutch-based cable television operator United Pan-European Communications NV (UPC) has reached an agreement with Time Warner Entertainment to buy Time Warner Cable France.
Negotiators buy time by using delay tactics and initiating give-and-take bargaining (making subjects work for everything they get).
So long as this administration hangs suspended by luck, pluck, and media gullibility above earthly things, even sham arguments can buy time and add more distance from political accountability.
We must look for negotiated solutions," Zinn wrote, "even at the expense of national pride, must consider human life more important than boundary lines, must buy time for the achievement of justice without war.
They looked on it as a stalling tactic that was used to buy time," he said.