To hang fire

Related to To hang fire: hung fire
(Mil.) to be slow in communicating fire through the vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire; hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.

See also: Hang

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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This wasn't our first visit to Hang Fire Southern Kitchen and maybe we should have thought back to how full our bellies had previously been when we didn't even have starters.
David O'Meara's sprinter is definitely well handicapped off a mark of 99 and will pop up in one of these big-field handicaps this season, but he has plenty of quirks and tends to hang fire a bit when coming off the bridle, so he doesn't help himself.
But because the international break means Chris Powell's side aren't back in action until the visit to Ipswich Town on Saturday week, officials are likely to hang fire on filing documents with the League.
Warning punters to hang fire until Fingal Bay's Festival target is decided, winning trainer Philip Hobbs said: "We will decide on what race he goes to at Cheltenham nearer the time.
"I think we have taken the decision to hang fire on that, see how the preseason goes and then make a decision in the weeks before the season starts.
But until then we have got to hang fire before we make our final decision.
But he has managed to persuade Carragher to hang fire on a permanent stance until the pair sit down in Liverpool next week, with McClaren convinced he can talk the 29-year-old round.
But the Federation of Dundee United Supporters Associations have urged Thompson to hang fire.
City boss Stuart Pearce has hinted that Cole could be offered a new deal - but he'll have to hang fire until later in the season to see how their campaign pans out.
However, the Magpies have been forced to hang fire until they find out just what their position is concerning Europe next season.
Phillips has decided to hang fire on looking to add to his strike force for the time being and one of the main reasons is the possibility of either Wilkin or Straw, or both, returning to peak fitness following knee surgery.
"My advice is to hang fire. Fans will get notice of what games they'll be at from us followed by the price of their ticket."