delaying action

delaying action

n
(Military) 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

delaying action

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It was obviously beyond human possibility that the American North Atlantic fleet could hope to meet and defeat the German; but, on the other hand, with luck it might fight a delaying action and inflict such damage as to greatly weakenthe attack upon the coast defences.
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna said a review was needed now and that delaying action until 2015 would be too late to save the universal service.
It is quite understandable that such major actions take lots of deliberations, but when it has already been established that Assad's forces have used chemical weapons against the civilian population there is no point in delaying action.
Asked whether the party is delaying action against the legislators to save the government, Eshwarappa said if that were so, it would not have axed Cooperation Minister B J Puttaswamy, a trusted lieutenant of Yeddyurappa.
Speaking at the CBI conference in London, Mr Cameron said judicial review had become a "massive growth industry" which was delaying action and costing taxpayers too much money.
Speaking at the CBI conference, Mr Cameron said judicial review had become a "massive growth industry" which was delaying action and costing taxpayers too much money.
Plaid regional AM Llyr Huws Gruffydd said delays in taking forward the action plan had been 'Plea for minister to stop delaying action to halt TB bTB eradication delays labelled 'unacceptable.
Delaying action will be extremely costly with serious irreversible risks attached.
DELAYING action on climate change by even a decade or two will take us into "dangerous territory", Sir Nicholas Stern warned today.
Seeking any survivors of the 24th Division, 21st Infantry, who were at and in the area of Pusan, Korea on July 3-5, 1950 with the 52nd Field Artillery in a delaying action against invading North Korean troops.
Two investor groups that own the project fought a delaying action that took the case into bankruptcy court and ultimately all the way to the 8th U.
Madeline Janis-Aparicio of the Living Wage Coalition, said her group has been concerned that the City Attorney's Office was purposely delaying action.