Definition of buy time in English:

buy time

phrase

  • Delay an event temporarily so as to have longer to improve one's own position.

    • ‘And I think it buys him time to get his policy across and build some support for it.’
    • ‘‘We aren't buying time, we have never had a timeline for the signing of the proposed peace agreement,’ he said.’
    • ‘He also realised that Britain was not well prepared for war and that he needed to buy time to improve Britain's military position.’
    • ‘Or is he buying time to deal with his detractors and re-emerge?’
    • ‘Transferring attention to others was a comic's way of buying time for himself; time to think of superior, alternative gags.’
    • ‘But it buys time in the hope of getting a better eventual mix of investments and in the expectation that share prices generally will pick up.’
    • ‘Freezing also buys time, holding the material in suspended animation until the work of cleaning and repairing begins.’
    • ‘But the suspension buys time, if only a few months, and raises the stakes for a resumption.’
    • ‘Clearly, both parties in the process are, in the main, buying time, and there is little by way of a concrete strategy for resolution.’
    • ‘There's always hope that talks will lead to some collateral benefit - such as buying time for policy-makers without any new ideas.’
    linger, dally, take one's time, drag one's feet, be slow, hold back, fall behind, lag behind, dawdle, loiter, not keep pace, waste time
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