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stall

noun uk   /stɔːl/ us    /stɑːl/

stall noun (SHOP)

B1 [C] a large table or a small shop with an open front from which goods are sold in a public place: In the village market, the stalls are piled high with local vegetables.
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stall noun (SMALL AREA)

[C] a small closed area within a farm building in which there is space for one animal to be kept [C] a small area of a room that is separated from the main part of the room by walls or curtains: There was one bathroom with a shower stall in the corner.

stall noun (SEATS)

the stalls [plural] rows of fixed seats in a church, often with the sides and backs connected UK ( US the orchestra) the seats on the main floor of a theatre or cinema, not at a higher level

stall

verb uk   /stɔːl/ us    /stɑːl/

stall verb (ENGINE)

[I or T] If an engine stalls, or if you stall it, it stops working suddenly and without you intending it to happen: A car may stall due to the driver braking too suddenly. I stalled the car twice during my driving test but still managed to pass.

stall verb (DELAY)

[I] to delay taking action or avoid giving an answer in order to have more time to make a decision or get an advantage: She says she'll give me the money next week but I think she's just stalling (for time). [T] If you stall a person, you delay them or prevent them from doing something for a period of time: I managed to stall him for a few days until I'd got enough money to pay back the loan. mainly US The thief broke into the office while his accomplice stalled off the security guard. [I] to stop making progress: Japan's economic growth has stalled, with industrial production contracting in June for the fourth straight month. [T] If you stall an event, you delay it or prevent it from making progress: Commandos stalled the enemy attack by destroying three bridges. Fears are growing that a tax increase may stall economic recovery.
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