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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?
See also: fire, hang

hanging fire

Delayed; undecided. This term comes from the seventeenth-century flintlock musket. Frequently an attempt to fire it would end with a flash in the lockpan, a depression that held the priming powder, which would fail to explode the main charge. Thus the gun was left hanging fire, that is, slow to fire a charge. See also flash in the pan.
See also: fire, hanging
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Another reason why it has been hanging fire for two years is that AKVN is handling so many projects at a time and they still haven't yet upgraded their staff as per the requirement.
The Bill for raising the FDI ceiling in the insurance sector to 49 per cent from the current 26 per cent has been hanging fire for a long time and was scheduled to be introduced in the current session as part of the financial sector reforms to lure more foreign investment.
Fire stands with shed for hanging fire extinguishers and fire buckets at different vulnerable places of fire prone area at bina project
Antony, is also likely to take a call on the fate of procurement plan for 197 helicopters which has been hanging fire for several months because of allegations of wrongdoings.
The Raju- Jaitley meeting took place on Thursday afternoon after five BJP MPs, Anant Kumar Dattatreya, Shivkumar Chanabasappa Udasi, Suresh Angedi, Virendar Kashyap and Ramesh Bais, escalated their opposition to four pieces of legislation that have been hanging fire in the Parliament for almost three years now.
Fire Extinguisher Stand For Hanging Fire Extinguishers At Kakri Project.
Top government sources confirmed the Bill hanging fire due to opposition from various quarters, including the Opposition and civil rights activists, is to come up for discussion in the cabinet meeting on Thursday.
The initial stage of bidding for two UMPPs concluded 2013 but the financial bids stage of the procedure has been hanging fire because of reasons ranging from delay in environmental clearance and misgivings concerning the bidding norms.
The two locomotive factories are hanging fire for a while and need a heavy private investment for which the PM has been pushing hard.
But the department seems to be in a grip of policy inertia, which is evident from the fact that though the IDPL was declared sick in 1992, its revival plan is still hanging fire," the committee said.