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"stall" in British English

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stallnoun

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 (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

stallverb

uk   /stɔːl/  us   /stɑːl/
  • 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.
(Definition of stall from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stall" in American English

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stallverb [I/T]

 us   /stɔl/
  • stall verb [I/T] (DELAY)

to delay or put off action: [I] They’re just stalling, trying to avoid making a decision. [T] I can stall him for a few minutes.
  • stall verb [I/T] (STOP WORKING)

to cause a vehicle or engine to stop suddenly, or of a vehicle or engine to stop suddenly: [I] My car stalled at the traffic light.

stallnoun [C]

 us   /stɔl/
  • stall noun [C] (AREA)

a separate area in which an animal is kept
A stall is also a small enclosed space used for a particular purpose: The bathroom had a tiled shower stall.
(Definition of stall from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stall" in Business English

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stallverb

uk   us   /stɔːl/
[I or T] if a process or system stalls or something stalls it, it suddenly stops developing or making progress: Japan's economic growth has stalled. Contract negotiations between management and the union have stalled again. I don't believe there was a deliberate plan to stall the process.
[I] if someone stalls, they do not answer a question immediately or continue a discussion, in order to give themselves more time to think: "I have to look it up on my machine at home," he said stalling for time.

stallnoun [C]

uk   us   /stɔːl/ COMMERCE
a table or structure from which someone sells things on the street or in an outdoor market: She set up a stall at the fair to sell her jewelery. A long row of market stalls was filled with every kind of food you could imagine.
(Definition of stall from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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