gain time

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gain time

1. To dawdle or take some action so as to have more time to do something. To gain time when the chairman of the board asked about my plan for the new project, I excused myself to the bathroom.
2. To be ahead of the actual time, as of a clock or watch. This watch must have gained time—it says it's 12:15, but the grandfather clock downstairs just chimed 12.
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gain ˈtime

delay something so that you can have more time to make a decision, deal with a problem, etc: Instead of answering the question, he asked for a glass of water to gain time.
See also: gain, time

gain time

1. To run too fast. Used of a timepiece.
2. To delay or prolong something until a desired event occurs.
See also: gain, time
References in classic literature ?
The discussion upon Flerov had given the new party not only Flerov's vote, but had also gained time for them, so that they could send to fetch three noblemen who had been rendered unable to take part in the elections by the wiles of the other party.
She took it, and gained time for composing herself by pretending to arrange the colored wools.
Froome and his Team Sky teammates finished fourth, nine seconds behind stage winners BMC, on the 13.7km course through the streets of Nimes, but crucially has already gained time on his general classification rivals.
Defending champion Chris Froome gained time on Italian Fabio Aru to win back the yellow jersey.
"If I'd gained time today then I could have ridden more defensively on the climbs.
The Team Sky rider gained time on race leader Tony Martin who drifted out of contention, on the uphill finish of Alto do Malhao to cross the line in fifth place in Sunday's final stage.
We have gained time on the pitch with the players to prepare them for this game.
We gained time to read, play board games, talk and laugh, take walks, draw, paint, write.
"I have gained time in important parts of the race, like on the roads of Paris-Roubaix on stage five.
Tubby also gained time on Turnbull, meaning the overall winner would come down to the mass start hill climb.
He said that over the course of the process, which began in late 2012, the PKK has gained time to increase the number of its militants to 2,900 and has begun to form a new administration in northern Syria.
Button said he would not be taking the matter any further, although he questioned how much time Hamilton actually lost to him as a result of using the older rear wing since the 27 year-old's higher downforce package also meant that gained time in Spa's middle sector.
Matt Ryan (Rhos-on-Sea CC) and then Harry Grey (Vanilla Bikes) joined up with him, and helped by tactical hindering of the organised chase by Rhyl CC's Alan Forrester, the three gained time over the next half hour before first category rider Grey, a 23-year-old from Chester, broke the alliance with five laps to go to kick away to a lone win.
I mentioned the time discrepancy to an employee at the train station and he said he had lost and gained time unaccountably on many occasions overs the years, and this always happened whilst in the vicinity of Bold Street for some unknown reason.
Nothing has actually changed except Greece has gained time.