stall• a stall at a fleamarket• There are stallssellingsweets, cakes, espetada and wine.• New covers for stalls in Darlington market will cost £4,600.• The organisation first began life in Shepperton with four ponies, two saddles, four bridles, four stalls and a shed.• The trouble is, you can't really try the clothes on at a market stall.• There was the theatre; seated in the stalls he could stare, but could not address her; but afterwards?• In the stalls Timothy Gedge sat three rows behind the children from Sea House, with the carrier-bag by his feet.• On leaving the stall they plunged into the hall which was bedlam, and far fuller than it had been that morning.• Justin used to mind the stall while his father was in the cafe, drinking.• Most of the Guernseys are hitched to their stalls, but one is in a special stall.
stallstall2 verb1[intransitive, transitive]TT if an engine or vehicle stalls, or if you stall it, it stops because there is not enough power or speed to keep it goingThe car kept stalling.An inexperienced pilot may easily stall a plane.2[intransitive] informalDELAY to deliberately delay because you are not ready to do something, answer questions etcQuit stalling and answer my question!He was just stalling for time.3[transitive] informalPREVENT to make someone wait or stop something from happening until you are readyMaybe we can stall the sale until the prices go up.We’ve got to stall him somehow.4[intransitive] to stop making progress or developingWhile his career has stalled, hers has taken off.→ See Verb table
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stall• Bond was trying to gainaltitude when his plane stalled.• Tradenegotiations have stalled.• And passenger service growth has stalled.• More ominously, the effort to halt the nuclearspread could also stall.• Quitstalling and tell me where she is.• The risk of casualovertime is that productionstalls because not enough people volunteer when needed.• City officials have slowed the development by stalling building permits for the area.• Thus, the 1985 proclamation of privatisation had largely stalled by 1989 for lack of buyers.• Dad's coming! Stall him for a minute while I hide this.• I'm not ready to talk to him yet - go out there and see if you can stall him.• The report comes as legislation to curblawsuits and capdamages has stalled in Congress.• The government has long stalled on both fronts.• Privatization has stalled since the parliamentaryelection last December.• Many consumers are stalling the purchase of new cars.• Traffic had stalled to a stop because an oiltruck was making a delivery, so the road was one lanewide.stalling for time• He was obviously stalling for time.• Management seems to be stalling for time on the new contracts.From Longman Business Dictionarystallstall1 /stɔːlstɒːl/ noun [countable]COMMERCEa table on which goods are placed, found in a public place such as a marketa market stallstallstall2 verb [intransitive, transitive]1to stop or cause something to stop, usually before continuing againInvestment in the country has stalled and billions of dollars have been transferred elsewhere.Maybe we can stall the sale until the prices go up.When the previous contract expired and bargainingtalks stalled, the workers went on strike.2to be delayed, or to delay something or someoneSales of cars fell 12.7% in mid-April, further stalling a hoped-for recovery for the industry.→ See Verb table