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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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998, which represents 4,028 county employees including all nonmanagement library employees, has vowed to seek a temporary restraining order in hopes of buying time to push budget makers to appropriate additional funding for the libraries.
Right now, the athletic department is not buying time for basketball,'' he said.
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Advocates of inner-city bus riders charged Wednesday that the MTA board is buying time rather than keeping promises it made in a consent decree settling a federal lawsuit last fall.
It has been the name of the game since my diagnosis: Buying time.
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Online, said advertisers are beginning to treat Internet promotions such as banners over Web sites as the equivalent of buying time on radio or television.