vb beat about the bush (informal) hedge, play for time, stonewall, temporize
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stall ( 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.
...market 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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