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gain time

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgain timegain timeTIME/HAVE TIMEto deliberately do something to give yourself more time to think opp lose time gain
Examples from the Corpus
gain timeDexter wondered if his vagueness was due to the shock of his wife's murder or an attempt to gain time.I accepted a chair and asked for a glass of water instead of the brandy, trying to gain time."Well, let me see, " he said slowly, trying to gain time before answering the question.
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