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set out (one's) stall

To prove one's motivation or determination to achieve or do something by preparing to achieve or do it. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. My parents don't think I'm serious about becoming a designer, but I'm going to set out my stall by creating my first line this summer. He has certainly set out his stall to graduate first in his class, and so far he's on track to do it.
See also: out, set, stall

stall for time

to cause a delay intentionally. You are just stalling for time. Please hurry. she is stalling for time, hoping someone will rescue her.
See also: stall, time

stall someone or something for something

to delay someone or something for a period of time. I stalled him for as long as I could. I could not stall the proceedings for another second.
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stall someone or something off

to put off or delay someone or something. The sheriff is at the door. I'll stall him off while you get out the back door. You can stall off the sheriff, but you can't stall off justice.
See also: off, stall

set out your stall

If you set out your stall you show your intentions or beliefs in a way that is very clear and determined. He has set out his stall to retain his place in Europe's Ryder Cup team. The Prime Minister last night set out his stall for a third election win.
See also: out, set, stall

set out your stall

1 display or show off your abilities, attributes, or experience in order to convince someone of your suitability for something. 2 make your position on an issue very clear. British
See also: out, set, stall
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As of November 29, a total of 80 projects were listed as stalled in Manhattan (16 percent of Citywide total), up from 57 on July 26.
New York City's most populous borough lays claim to nearly half of all stalled building projects throughout the city.
With the crew inside, the rig gasped for air and stalled, starved for oxygen that had been sucked up in the whirlwind.
Bob Mihlhauser, Engineer Torstenbo, and firefighters Tomlinson and Richard Kirkwood aboard, was stopped because of the motorist and later stalled.
The number of stalled sites has risen in each of the ten months of this calendar year.
Among the five boroughs, Brooklyn was home to an average of 319 stalled projects in October, or 46% of the Citywide tally.
Throughout New York City, stalled construction has reportedly resulted in partly vacant lots with rusting steel rebars protruding from uncompleted concrete walls, footings and foundations.
The project would be no longer under law 66 for 2014 on settling stalled property development projects, to be governed instead by law 28 for 2014 on property development, a legislation that regulates the relation between the developer, financier and buyer and organizes on-map sale.
The increase in stalled projects has erased virtually all of the progress made in the prior 15 months, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) inspection records.
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At this time, the plane again stalled and spun violently to the left.
The single-engine Super Decathlon developed engine trouble, stalled and crashed into the water near Los Angeles Harbor, where it sank, officials said.
The number of stalled construction sites throughout New York City fell by eight percent from October 2010 to October 2011 but remains 40 percent above the number recorded two years ago, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of Department of Buildings (DOB) inspection records.
LANCASTER - Legislation that would authorize $12 million for the stalled Lancaster veterans home passed the state Senate unanimously Thursday and was headed for the Assembly floor.
OTC/BB:SATX) Monday announced that its protracted negotiations with an overseas investment group have stalled.