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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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