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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No doubt, said Kurt, this was now making records across that ocean, "unless the Japanese have had the same idea as the Germans." 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.
They also chanted slogans against the police and demanded action against the officials involved in delaying action against the criminals.
He issued directions to officers that duty of police was to ensure provision of every possible relief to citizens so a strict departmental action should be taken against the officials found guilty of delaying action on complaints and causing trouble to citizens.
'All these matters have to be properly addressed immediately after the national convention so that the party can go into the elections in unity and this exactly why the President is delaying action in order to accommodate all interests.'
In the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Lorenzo Gadon, Sereno was accused, among others, of falsifying Supreme Court resolutions and a temporary restraining order, delaying action on petitions for retirement benefits, buying a luxury sport utility vehicle for her personal use and failing to truthfully declare her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.
When called to indicate the number one element for a country to avoid in the future he said: "the number one lesson to avoid is delaying action, all problems Cyprus faced were due to delaying taking proper policy action.
Two opponents of the FERC-approved Dominion Cove Point LNG LP export project asked the Commission to work on the project while it considers their rehearing request, as the delaying action on rehearing is blocking a court appeal.
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.
The Committee on Climate Change in a report launched today makes the case for reducing emissions through the 2020s, rather than delaying action until the 2030s.
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.