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Meaning of “buy time” in the English Dictionary

"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)
Translations of “buy time”
in Chinese (Simplified) 赢得时间, 拖延时间…
in Chinese (Traditional) 贏得時間, 拖延時間…
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