Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

buy time

buy time
1) delay or postpone sth to improve outcome
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • buy me some time
  • Analysis
     To 'buy time' is to delay something or put it on hold in order to have more time to use to your advantage: "Can you talk for longer to buy me some time to organise the slides?" This phrase can be used in social and professional contexts and is similar to the phrase 'to kick the can down the road' or to 'play for time'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I need to think of a way to buy time so I can complete the assignment before the deadline.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Please buy me some time with your boss so I can tell him my business proposal.
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