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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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Marguerite Bodiford, judicial assistant to an appellate court judge in Detroit and mother of two, says that she and her husband began buying Time Warner stock in 1992 (then trading around $99 a share), but it was too expensive for her investment habit.
They are just buying time. They don't have any answer to our questions so they had to buy time, said David in an interview.
The increase in the index stemmed from the improvements in consumers' assessments concerning their purchasing power in the present and next period, general economic situation in the next period, job opportunities in the next period and buying time condition of durable goods in the present period, the Central Bank said in a statement.
A victorian clock in Tyneside is being restored thanks to people buying time to raise money.
Soon other Bible-thumpers were buying time, amassing followers, and raking in cash.
Councillor Bob Gray, depute chairman of Glasgow Council Education Committee, said: "Opting out would be a way of buying time but we hope it will not come to that."
With thousands of heart transplants now being performed worldwide, medical personnel in a hospital's cardiac unit frequently find themselves buying time while searching for an appropriate donor heart for transplant.
Washington has to make clear that its days of buying time for General Musharraf are over.
As a result, she says, 3,4-DAP is best viewed as a way of buying time to get a patient access to preferred therapy--such as treatment with botulism antibodies or respiratory intensive care.
They were buying time until they could figure out what to do, and beginning a unique scientific experiment.