lengthen out


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See: protract, stall
References in classic literature ?
Amongst the ruins of the church The midnight raven found a perch, A melancholy place; The ruthless Conqueror cast down, Woe worth the deed, that little town, To lengthen out his chase.
Verily, not the rope-makers will I resemble: they lengthen out their cord, and thereby go ever backward.
D'Artagnan smiled; Porthos wanted to lengthen out his names, Musqueton to cut his short.