a slowing down or delay in progress, action, etc.
a deliberate slowing of pace by workers to win demands from their employers.
a holding or passing tactic by a team to retain possession
of the ball, puck, etc., or use up a maximal amount of time, as to safeguard a lead or thwart a high-scoring opponent.
1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase slow down
1. slackening, falloff, decline, flagging.