kick something into the long grass
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.
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kick something into the long grassBRITISH, 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.
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kick something into the long ˈgrass,
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.
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