Meaning of “buy time” in the English Dictionary

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"buy time" in British English

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buy time

to do something in order to be allowed more time:

He tried to buy time by saying he hadn't been well.

(Definition of “buy time” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buy time" in American English

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buy time

to do something that allows you to have more time to finish something:

He tried to buy time by saying he wasn't feeling well.

(Definition of “buy time” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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