kick (something) into the long grass

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kick (something) into the long grass

To halt or stall something, especially a plan or project, so as to postpone having to make a decision or action regarding it. Primarily heard in UK. I say we kick the app release date into the long grass until we can all agree on a marketing plan for it.
See also: grass, kick, long

kick something into the long grass

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If someone kicks an idea or plan into the long grass, they refuse to deal with it immediately, often because it will create problems for them. There were suggestions this week that the Government intends to kick the proposals into the long grass. Compare with kick something into touch.
See also: grass, kick, long, something

kick something into the long ˈgrass

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kick something into ˈtouch

(both British English) reject, remove or stop dealing with a problem: He tends to deal with disputes by kicking them into the long grass.
In rugby and football, if a ball is kicked into touch (= the area outside the lines that mark the sides of the playing field), play stops.
See also: grass, kick, long, something
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Now this isn't a figure you can kick into the long grass, this is a figure that is only twelve months away.
"The SNP Government's review is not something they can kick into the long grass. We cannot go into an election without a rigorous examination of what has gone wrong and a clear plan for the way ahead."
Labour executive's decision to launch its own three month consultation amounted to a kick into the long grass.
Opencast mining, and its proximity to housing, is an issue the Assembly has sought to kick into the long grass. There is a simple solution - in Scotland there has to be a 500m buffer zone between homes and a mine.