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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.
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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 ?
A truce was Kutuzov's sole chance of gaining time, giving Bagration's exhausted troops some rest, and letting the transport and heavy convoys (whose movements were concealed from the French) advance if but one stage nearer Znaim.
Nay, sometimes by gaining time the disease applies to the French military politics, and corrupts nature over to his side, and then all the powers of physic must arrive too late.
His mind was disturbed: he felt the importance of gaining time for reflection before he and Emily met again.
"And by what sign do you make out they are in such haste?" added he, for the sake of gaining time.
The obvious course to take, for the purpose of gaining time, was to declare that his mind was still undecided.
If not, the hairspring within the balance wheel could become damaged and your watch could start losing or gaining time rapidly, or even stop.
In cases where the child may not live for very long, medical care is not wasted but by gaining time, allows parents to prepare for the death.
"After all this time, there has been no noticeable progress in implementing the Sweden accord and all indications have shown that the mutineers are not concerned with implementing articles of the agreement and intentionally seek to undermine it for gaining time and building their military capacities in the city (Al-Hodeida) and the province," it said.
Pakistan is not emphasizing the point for the sake of gaining time but on the basis of confirmed reports that some of the refugees are engaged in negative activities.
"Kim's conciliatory gesture obviously aims at toning down the intensity of the sanctions against Pyongyang and gaining time for the North to master its nuclear and missile capacity," Yoo noted.
Some 91% of affluent individuals favouring experience said privacy was a key factor, while nearly a fifth (19%) said gaining time was also important.
Some 93 per cent of affluent individuals favouring experiences said privacy was a key factor and a third (30 per cent) said gaining time was also important.
On a sunbaked and melting Alpine road, the 29-year-old Italian, cemented his control of cycling's greatest race with a solo-finish victory that was an afterthought to gaining time on other title contenders.
He said despite provision of all facilities and funds, the contractor was gaining time un-necessarily as the hospital had to become fully operational by June 30, 2014 which was later extended to August 14 and now, he (contractor) was again seeking extension till September 15, 2014.
Islamabad -- Former interior minister Rehman Malik Sunday said that Taliban have cheated the government by gaining time to strengthen themselves.