buy time


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buy

 (bī)
v. bought (bôt), buy·ing, buys
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
To purchase something; act as a purchaser.
n.
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.
Idioms:
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.
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Verb1.buy 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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You say money won't buy time? Well, of course, you can't order eternity wrapped up and delivered at your residence for a price, but I've seen Father Time get pretty bad stone bruises on his heels when he walked through the gold diggings."
I became slightly more sympathetic to the former Lord Mayor of Birmingham when I read that in 1938 before he met Hitler, he had been warned by the security services that Britain was not ready for war and there was a vital need to buy time.
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Buy time. That's British Prime Minister Theresa May's best Plan B for Brexit.
[USA], Mar 26 (ANI): North Korea is offering negotiations with the United States in order to buy time to develop its nuclear weapons, the incoming US national security advisor (NSA) John Bolton said on Sunday.
This dovetailed with the North's charm offensive toward the South, which many believe is part of Pyongyang's efforts to bargain for sanctions relief and to buy time while it continues to advance its nuclear program.
Musadiq Malik also claimed that the investigation team is trying to buy time after the expiry of July 10 deadline in order to report its findings.
AT&T Inc said on Saturday it agreed to buy Time Warner Inc for $85.4 billion, the boldest move yet by a telecommunications company to acquire content to stream over its network to attract a growing number of online viewers.
Were also defying the clock by challenging ageing and outsourcing more of our lives to buy time itself.
They don't have any answer to our questions so they had to buy time, said David in an interview.
struck a $56 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., seeking to combine the third and second largest U.S.
The mission of the MEPs is to buy time, before Berlin and Brussels get involved, after they applied the belief that foreign services are not those who are changing the political reality in Macedonia but it is the authentic Macedonian response to the crisis.