I do not wish to be theatrical about this, but we do not temporise here.
In vain, according to his wont, did he again attempt to temporise.
The Kafirs, deeming discretion the better part of valour, judged it expedient to temporise.
Mrs. Davenport was at the sore disadvantage of having to temporise.
I pity him from my soul, for he can, at best, only temporise with truth.'
Under the circumstances there was nothing for it but to temporise.
I felt, I knew this to be false, but a moment's reflection told me that it was better at present to temporise.
Slyne, reading all the old man's thoughts, could see that he had decided to temporise.
Don John, who was at Huy, saw that it was necessary to temporise.
Bindle, who had no idea of the rent of furnished flats, decided to temporise.
1550s (implied in temporizer), from Middle French temporiser "to pass one's time, wait one's time" (14c.), from Medieval Latin temporizare "pass time," perhaps via Vulgar Latin *temporare "to delay," from Latin tempus (genitive temporis) "time" (see temporal). Related: Temporized; temporizing.