buy time

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v. bought (bôt), buy·ing, buys
1. To acquire in exchange for money or its equivalent; purchase. See Note at boughten.
2. To be capable of purchasing: "Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy" (Ogden Nash).
3. To acquire by sacrifice, exchange, or trade: wanted to buy love with gifts.
4. To bribe: tried to buy a judge.
5. Informal To accept the truth or feasibility of: The officer didn't buy my lame excuse for speeding.
To purchase something; act as a purchaser.
1. Something bought or for sale; a purchase.
2. An act of purchasing: a drug buy.
3. Something that is underpriced; a bargain.
Phrasal Verbs:
buy down
To pay an upfront fee to reduce (an interest rate) over part or all of the term of a loan.
buy into
1. To acquire a stake or interest in: bought into a risky real estate venture.
2. Informal To believe in, especially wholeheartedly or uncritically: couldn't buy into that brand of conservatism.
buy off
To bribe (an official, for example) in order to secure improper cooperation or gain exemption from a regulation or legal consequence.
buy out
To purchase the entire stock, business rights, or interests of.
buy up
To purchase all that is available of.
buy it Slang
To be killed.
buy the farm Slang
To die, especially suddenly or violently.
buy time
To increase the time available for a specific purpose: "A moderate recovery thus buys time for Congress and the Administration to whittle the deficit" (G. David Wallace).

[Middle English bien, beyen, from Old English bycgan, byg-; akin to Gothic bugjan, from Germanic *bugjanan, of unknown origin.]

buy′a·ble adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: time - act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage
delay, detain, hold up - cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
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Were also defying the clock by challenging ageing and outsourcing more of our lives to buy time itself.
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According to Demiri, the government wants to buy time in order to find a way to influence in the inside of the opposition.
MORRISONS is reported to be planning an PS800 million raid on its property empire as it looks to buy time from the City after a poor Christmas.
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Coeure said that central banks could buy time but not take the place of governments in solving the crisis.
Confirmation that Greece wishes only to buy time, according to Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, is the attitude of Athens toward mediator Matthew Nimetz, who has trouble visiting the countries considering that for more than a year Greece is not giving him consent that he would be received by anyone.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Yemeni opposition groups said the country's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh's welcome to the UN Security Council resolution which calls for a transition of power in the country is just a deceit move to buy time.
So we are looking at a shortlist from the middle of the card consisting of Meanus Dandy, Can't Buy Time, Triggerman, Gentle Ranger and Major Malarkey.
If McCoy believes any other of his possible mounts, including Can't Buy Time and Synchronised, look to have a better chance, then he would desert the horse that gave him his most memorable day in racing.
In recent weeks bookmakers have seen plenty of cash for the Willie Mullins-trained and JP McManus-owned Arbor Supreme, as well as Jonjo O'Neill's Can't Buy Time, a stablemate of McCoy's selection.
And he is hopeful both of his runners - Can't Buy Time and Don't Push It - can go well over the Aintree fences.