Definition of Buy time

1. Verb. Act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage.

Generic synonyms: Delay, Detain, Hold Up

Definition of Buy time

1. Verb. (idiomatic) Purposefully cause a delay to something, in order to achieve something else. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Buy Time

buy at
buy back
buy cotton
buy food
buy in
buy into
buy it
buy off
buy off on
buy out
buy someone out
buy straw hats in winter
buy the farm
buy time (current term)
buy to let
buy up

Literary usage of Buy time

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Free Agent Marketing Guide: 100+ Marketing Tips for Free Agents by Douglas Florzak (2004)
""Buy" time with a prospect One creative way to do targeted networking is to attend charity functions that auction a lunch with a business leader. ..."

2. The Phrenological Journal and Life Illustrated (1870)
"Money is the chief good, the ruling power of the world; money will do much, but," he adds with a sigh, " it won't buy time." It won't buy time! ..."

3. The Cold War in Asia by Cold War International History Project (1996)
"I will note only that it appears that while Mao Zedong opened negotiations in 1951 primarily in order to buy time to reinforce his position on the ..."

4. U. S. Strategy to Counter Domestic Political Terrorism by James B. Motley (1993)
"How would he buy time? The US image of confidence, credibility, and firmness ... In an attempt to conduct meaningful negotiations, or buy time with token ..."

5. Strategic Transformation and Naval Power in the 21st Century by Pelham G. Boyer, Robert S. Wood (1998)
"At best, conventional deterrent efforts buy time. On the other hand, there is also some evidence that in some circumstances it is in fact possible to buy ..."

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