buy time

Idioms & Phrases

buy time

Increase the time available for a specific purpose. For example, Renting an apartment buys them time to look around for a new house.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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buy time

verb
act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage 
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