bide time

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Related to bide time: at one time, of late, in no time
See: pause
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India, President Masood said, wanted to plunge the region into warmongering and brinkmanship to divert attention from its horrendous human rights violations in held Kashmir and bide time to avert a lasting resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Markets continue to bide time before the unveiling of the Trump infrastructure and budget plans, after Treasuries turned a bit more defensive overnight on deficit spending concerns.
Newport had to bide time for lungbusting counters, but they took their toll.
Summary: While Lebanon remains in a precarious situation, any "initiatives" which seek to bide time and score political points are not just a waste of time but are potentially dangerous traps which will achieve nothing positive for the country.
Britain can hardly bide time now, as most of the Arab countries have already joined the offensive against the ISIS in Syria.