play for time
Use delaying tactics, temporize, as in The defense attorney decided to play for time while they searched for an eyewitness. [c. 1940]
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Since the 1950s, fluoride has adapted itself to the prevailing concerns of the time.
But give the Kingdom credit for its sense of mercy: The lashes will be administered only 50 at a time.
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.
Thus, more time is spent organization and obtaining ones free of failings.
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'
I assure you, no matter how beautifully we play any piece, the minute Liszt plays it, you would scarcely recognize it!Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
The vision—it had been an instantaneous flash after all and nothing more—had left his mind completely for the time.
About this time the famous Philippine painter, Juan Luna (vide p. 195), was released after six monthsʼ imprisonment as a suspect.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
I hate to be long at my toilette at any time; but to delay much in such a matter while travelling is folly.