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hang fire

1. To wait to take action. I know you want to start on that project, but hang fire until I get these questions answered by the boss.
2. To await further action. How many projects do you have hanging fire right now?
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hang fire

to delay or wait; to be delayed. I think we should hang fire and wait for other information. Our plans have to hang fire until we get planning permission.
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hang fire

Delay, as in The advertising campaign is hanging fire until they decide how much to spend on it. This expression originally referred to the 17th-century flintlock musket, where the priming powder ignited but often failed to explode the main charge, a result called hanging fire. [c. 1800]
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hang fire

1. If you hang fire, you wait and do not do anything for a while. Banks and building societies are hanging fire on interest rates to see how the French vote in their referendum.
2. If something hangs fire, nothing is done about it for a while. He spent the next 18 months worrying about the numerous important programmes that were hanging fire in his absence. Note: This expression dates from the time when firearms used gunpowder rather than bullets. If a gun hung fire, it did not fire properly because the gunpowder had not caught light. `Flash in the pan' has a similar origin.
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hang fire

delay or be delayed in taking action or progressing.
In the late 18th century, hang fire was used to refer to the action of a firearm that was slow in communicating the fire through the vent to the charge and so did not go off immediately.
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hang ˈfire

delay or be delayed: We’ll have to hang fire on that decision, I’m afraid.This phrase refers to a gun which does not fire immediately.
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The Hang Fire duo said: "We get incredible lamb in the UK and there's no real reason to buy a variety from overseas.
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The street food favourite will be opening its first permanent restaurant, Hang Fire Southern Kitchen, on Wednesday, March 9, at the Pumphouse on Barry Waterfront.
We just need to hang fire rather than slam the guillotine down on someone,' he added.
Aidan O'Brien yesterday reported his Coral Eurobet Eclipse Stakes winner Hawk Wing none the worse for his Sandown exertions but will hang fire before making a decision on the Woodman colt's next outing.
THEIR smoked meat and barbecued ribs have become legendary on the Welsh culinary scene and now the Hang Fire Smokehouse duo Samantha Evans and Shauna Guinn are set to open their first permanent restaurant in Barry.
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But the Federation of Dundee United Supporters Associations have urged Thompson to hang fire.
However, with Chelsea and Manchester United next up at Goodison, two teams who will come to Goodison and attempt to pass the ball through midfield at every opportunity, it will be interesting to see if Moyes is tempted be to hang fire just a little bit with the new turf.
Last month he seemed delighted that Owen Hargreaves had made the ``right'' decision in opting for England, and now again he's urging David Vaughan to hang fire until he's made up his mind (The Western Mail July 9).
Both these Beethoven interpretations lacked nothing in clarity and weight but were sometimes inclined to hang fire, particularly in the two middle movements of the Fourth Symphony.
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However, Candy did issue a warning to punters to hang fire, adding: "He'll run if the ground isn't that quick, so we probably need a bit of rain before Saturday.