stall for time

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stall for time

1. To create a delay or distraction in order to gain additional time. My presentation was totally worthless without my slides, so all I could do was stall for time until Mary got the projector working again. The judge accused the prosecutor of stalling for time.
2. To delay or distract someone or something with evasive or prevaricating language or behavior in order to gain time. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stall" and "for." He kept talking to stall the criminal for time until the police arrived.
See also: stall, time

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
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Goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo stalled for time to freeze Vela but the forward coolly knocked it into the right side of the goal as the 'keeper went left.
During an open mic night, where the 24-year-old's three remaining acts performed for record label A&R's, Reets initially stalled for time, responding: "Ooooh.
But the bank stalled for time - so we urged Carol to write again, stating that if she had not received a refund within 14 days she would take court action.
Cardiff Crown Court heard the girl bravely stalled for time, giving other staff the chance to call police and making sure Annalls was caught by the store CCTV camera.
He stalled for time. He said he didn't have all the facts.
German authorities stalled for time. They offered ransom money and volunteered a hostage exchange.
Henry did what he always did in a crisis: he stalled for time. His final betrayal of his loyal subjects was foreshadowed by his instructing his ambassadors in the lies they were to tell about the causes and progress of the pilgrimage.
MONACO coach Didier Deschamps emerged last night as Chelsea's fall-back option to replace Claudio Ranieri after first choice Jose Mourinho stalled for time.