To mark time

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Perry consulted an elaborate watch, constructed to mark time to the fifth of a second, and answered Geoffrey, with his eye all the while on Mrs.
One must do something to mark time till one's fit for work."
Consequently, trading activity considerably declined as buyers took to the sidelines and preferred to mark time.
CRAIG GORDON has been told to mark time at Celtic despite playing second fiddle to No.1 keeper Scott Bain.
A new feature that allows users to mark time as invoiced has been added.
MARKING TIME--The daily price of an OPEC barrel (above) continues to mark time as the industry waits to see if producers will really cut their production volumes.
He signed a contract for Mayweather - but the champion did not, leaving Khan to mark time on Mayweather's next undercard against the dangerous New Yorker Luis Collazo, who lost to Ricky Hatton eight years ago, the report added.
"The new law should be achieved imminently because it is no one's benefit to mark time", the MP asserted.
Progress on the giant Mmamabula thermal power station in southeastern Botswana is being forced to mark time while Eskom, South African power utility and the major buyer of the planned 3500KW coal-fired electricity output, finalises its funding model with the South African government.
That leaves Haye with a summer date spare and the O2 Arena, with whom he has a promotional deal, left to fill at a time when the credit crunch is biting and there are precious few ticket- selling heavyweights to mark time against.
The problem is I seem to mark time differently than the rest of the world.
But Benitez will not want to mark time in the wake of the Athens defeat, and he said: "There will be several players leaving.