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beat about the bush, be evasive, delay, equivocate, gain time, hum and haw, play a waiting game, play for time, procrastinate, stall, tergiversate  
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  ( temporizes    3rd person present)   ( temporizing    present participle)   ( temporized    past tense & past participle  )
in BRIT, also use temporise      If you say that someone is temporizing, you mean that they keep doing unimportant things in order to delay something important such as making a decision or stating their real opinion.  
FORMAL      verb  
They are still temporizing in the face of what can only be described as a disaster...      V  
`Not exactly, sir,' temporized Sloan.      V with quote  

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