Increase the time available for a specific purpose. For example, Renting an apartment buys them time to look around for a new house.
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How to use buy time in a sentence
It uses negotiations, including the most recent ones, to buy time to press ahead with its nuclear program.Netanyahu Concedes Iran Hasn't Yet Decided To Dash For A Bomb | Ali Gharib | March 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I can say, though, that Iran has used negotiations to buy time with America.Israel’s Top Iran Expert: You Can’t Out-Negotiate the Mullahs | Dan Ephron | October 22, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Stations have to allow campaigns for federal office to buy time and cannot censor their ads, regardless of content.Is Super PACs’ Influence on the 2012 Presidential Election Overhyped? | Ben Jacobs | February 16, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And a rubbing alcohol/lavender oil mix works only as a short-term defense to buy time until the exterminator comes.
The Chinese are just hoping to deflect international pressure ahead of the G-20 and buy time for their exporters.
Books are good and pictures are good, and money to buy them is therefore good—but to buy time—in other words, life!'The Map of Life | William Edward Hartpole Lecky