Definition of kick the can down the road in English:

kick the can down the road

phrase

US
informal
  • Put off confronting a difficult issue or making an important decision, typically on a continuing basis.

    ‘I appreciate that he doesn't want to raise taxes, but sooner or later you have to stop kicking the can down the road’
    • ‘For our part, we would greatly prefer to deal with the adjustments that are necessary for robust economic growth, rather than just kicking the can down the road.’
    • ‘Probably in December they'll kick the can down the road which is what Washington always does.’
    • ‘For months, in response to the Greek crisis, the eurozone's leaders have been kicking the tin can down the road.’
    • ‘We can always kick the can down the road by saying now's not the right time for anything we don't feel like doing.’
    • ‘We have kicked the can down the road for a generation.’
    • ‘"It kicks the can down the road for a slight amount of time," Mr. Stone said.’
    • ‘They have been kicking the can down the road for two years.’
    • ‘They already kicked the can down the road in the debt ceiling agreement that led to this.’
    • ‘However, he viewed the federal government's actions as simply kicking the can down the road without solving the fundamental problems.’
    • ‘In politics there is always a temptation to kick the can down the road and hope that problems might disappear.’
    delay, put off doing something, postpone action, defer action, be dilatory, use delaying tactics, stall, temporize, play for time, play a waiting game, dally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, take one's time
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