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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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That would buy us time to cure all the people there of malaria.
"The $2.5 billion that will address our immediate needs and our international obligations will get us out of the short term bottle neck and will buy us time."
"I know eventually they will have to leave, but at least it will buy us time to put alternatives on the table.
"People's donations could be able to keep the farm alive a little longer and help buy us time to find a new partner."
A tub of night cream may buy us time before fine lines sink in, but we're also hoping that we come off as acceptable, even 'on-fleek.'
It was not a cure but we thought it would buy us time for a better treatment in the future.
"Funding will then buy us time in the editing room, where I will spend weeks editing hours of clips."
"It always trots out the mantra of reviewing force levels but the only real solution is to deploy a sizeable force of Typhoons, at least a squadron, to buy us time to formulate a proper reinforcement package," Lambert said as quoted in an exclusive report (http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/549006/Falkland-Islands-defence-review-after-military-deal-between-Russia-and-Argentina) from Express .
But the presidents can only buy us time. As a new round of fighting begins and pressure mounts on the president, I remind myself it's not the president who needs to act.
And he made that trip in the service of a hope he could believe in--a hope in which the education of women and widely available birth control combine to buy us time. Who could disagree?
In other words, gas will buy us time and give renewable energy time to develop fully.
"Although investments in energy efficiency and clean energy will provide the only permanent solutions to climate change, forest sequestration can buy us time to develop those alternatives," says the Wilderness Society, adding that American forests currently capture the equivalent of about one-tenth of the greenhouse gases put out by U.S.
It will probably be 2013 before Ireland goes digital, but this should work in our favour as it will buy us time to plan properly and get investment."
It's not a complete solution, but it would buy us time and help us deal with short-term fluctuations in price."
He said this would buy us time to get the dogs to the closest emergency facility.