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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.
See also: stall

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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The Deputy Premier expressed his delight at the settlement of the stalled project in a satisfactory way that preserved the rights of buyers and investors.
He underlined the dedicated efforts of the Government in tandem with the judiciary to settle the stalled issue and safeguard the stakes and rights of all parties.
Following referral by the Board, the Committee will urgently review the Stalled Project and take action to enable the Stalled Project to be varied or cancelled, if necessary.
investigate, or appoint a relevant body to investigate, the financial, administrative and technical aspects of the Stalled Project
This year started on an encouraging note with the number of stalled sites dipping below 600 for the first time since the Spring of 2010," said New York Building Congress president Richard T.
While it's hard to pinpoint exactly what happened, it is worth noting that the upturn in stalled sites roughly coincided with a period of rather steep declines in the stock market, as well as a growing uncertainty about the state of the world economy.
With the exception of the Bronx, which is holding steady at 30, each of the boroughs experienced a modest decrease in its number of stalled construction sites over the past year.
The most progress has been made in Queens, where the number of stalled sites has dropped over the past 12 months by 14% (from 153 to 131).
Staten Island has tripled its number of stalled construction sites, from 20 to 60, over the past year (9% of Citywide total).
The Building Congress also found that 36% of the stalled sites Citywide remain vacant, meaning that developers have obtained land and construction permits but have yet to commence work.
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.
According to New York City architect Steven Kratchman, AIA, "The problem for owners of stalled, abandoned building sites is how to properly mothball them now, so that when they are ready to be 'un-abandoned' in the future, they are not tangled in unnecessary bureaucratic red tape or that the project, due to physical or structural deterioration, doesn't have to go backwards too far to be restarted again.
A stalled wing may still be producing some lifting force, it's just that the magnitude of lift is insufficient to support the current weight of the airplane.
In a stalled condition, typically the influence of the ailerons on controlling roll has become drastically reduced, while at the same time adverse yaw effects increase, and in general, mostly adverse properties of balance and control result.