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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temporize ( 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.
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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