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tr.v. fore·stalled, fore·stall·ing, fore·stalls
a. To delay, hinder, or prevent (an event, for example) by taking action beforehand: "rehabilitative care, where the goal is not so much to cure disease as it is to forestall further decline" (George Anders). See Synonyms at prevent.
b. To delay, hinder, or prevent (someone) from doing something by taking action beforehand.
2. To prevent or hinder normal sales in (a market), as by buying up merchandise.

[Middle English forestallen, to waylay and rob, from forestal, highway robbery, ambush, from Old English foresteall : fore-, fore- + steall, position; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

fore·stall′er n.
fore·stall′ment n.
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Obviously, tedium and the perpetual forestallment of the critical moment are central to Guy's war experience (as they were to Waugh's), but the maw of the uneventful yawns somehow wider when recited rather than silently read.
Although this has resulted in the forestallment of projects like Santa Ana and an attendant change in the way in which the sovereign risks of Peruvian mining are perceived internationally, the government nevertheless understands the importance of mining as an agent of economic development and will exercise restraint in constraining the industry further.
When Warner's reading was light or particularly desirable, this constraint could be achieved through tactics of forestallment.