buy time

buy time
act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage (Freq. 1)
Hypernyms: ↑delay, ↑detain, ↑hold up
Verb Frames:

Something ——s


Somebody ——s

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delay an event temporarily so as to have longer to improve one's own position

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buy time
: to get more time for someone or something

The medication won't cure the disease but it will buy patients some time. [=it will allow patients to live longer]

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Main Entry:buy
buy time — see buy, 1
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Main Entry:time

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buy ˈtime idiom
to do sth in order to delay an event, a decision, etc

The negotiators kept the gunman talking to buy time for the hostages.

Main entry:buyidiom

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