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      vb   beat about the bush     (informal)   hedge, play for time, stonewall, temporize  
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  ( stalls    plural & 3rd person present)   ( stalling    present participle)   ( stalled    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If a process stalls, or if someone or something stalls it, the process stops but may continue at a later time.  
The Social Democratic Party has vowed to try to stall the bill until the current session ends.      V n  
...but the peace process stalled...      V  
Negotiations remained stalled yesterday in New York.      V-ed  
2       verb   If you stall, you try to avoid doing something until later.  
Some parties have accused the governor of stalling...      V  
Thomas had spent all week stalling over his decision.      V over/on n  
3       verb   If you stall someone, you prevent them from doing something until a later time.  
Shop manager Brian Steel stalled the man until the police arrived.      V n  
4       verb   If a vehicle stalls or if you accidentally stall it, the engine stops suddenly.  
The engine stalled...      V  
Your foot falls off the pedal and you stall the car.      V n  
5       n-count   A stall is a large table on which you put goods that you want to sell, or information that you want to give people. stalls selling local fruits.     
6       n-plural   The stalls in a theatre or concert hall are the seats on the ground floor directly in front of the stage.  
  (mainly BRIT)   the N  
in AM, use orchestra     
7       n-count   A stall is a small enclosed area in a room which is used for a particular purpose, for example a shower.  
in BRIT, usually use cubicle     

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stalk, stale, steal, still

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