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delaying action

noun, Military
a maneuver in which a defensive force delays the advance of a superior enemy force by withdrawing while inflicting the maximum destruction possible without engaging in decisive combat. Unabridged
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  • Negotiations were a device for delaying action until the moment was auspicious.
  • The impact of a one-month delay may not be consequential, but the impact of delaying action longer may be catastrophic.
  • delaying action would increase the ultimate cost of constraining the growth of the federal debt.
  • The delaying action prevents flood water from rapidly rising and threatening lives and property.
British Dictionary definitions for delaying action

delaying action

a measure or measures taken to gain time, as when weaker military forces harass the advance of a superior enemy without coming to a pitched battle
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