Definition of gain time in English:

gain time


  • Obtain extra time to achieve something by deliberate delaying tactics.

    ‘the government was using the negotiations to gain time’
    • ‘Ride the bus, then, in pursuit of keeping the air clean, reducing your risk of car accidents, or gaining time to read.’
    • ‘One use for negotiations, of course, would be to gain time to launder your money, burn the files, destroy the evidence etc…’
    • ‘It was in the center that the First Minnesota made its famous suicide charge, attacking onrushing Confederates who outnumbered the Minnesotans fifteen to one in a desperate effort to gain time to reinforce the Union line.’
    • ‘The objective is to gain time for markets to recover, if the trustees believe that they will, instead of immediately making irrevocable changes to the fund.’
    • ‘Realistically, our mission was to delay their advance and gain time by fighting fiercely, imaginatively, courageously-even to the last man.’
    play for time, stall, procrastinate, delay, use delaying tactics, temporize, hold back, hang back, hang fire, dally, drag one's feet, use dilatory tactics
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