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English definition of “stall”

stall

verb (DELAY)    /stɔːl/ US  /stɑːl/
[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).Delaying and wasting 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.Delaying and wasting time [I] to stop making progress: Japan's economic growth has stalled, with industrial production contracting in June for the fourth straight month.Economics and the state of the economy [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.Delaying and wasting time
(Definition of stall verb (DELAY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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