Definition of delaying action in English:

delaying action

Syllabification: de·lay·ing ac·tion


  • Action taken to gain time, especially a military engagement that delays the advance of an enemy.
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    • His courageous delaying action enabled his comrades to reorganize and effect an orderly withdrawal.
    • Just as in dispersed defense, delaying action can include a wide use of artificial obstacles of all types, ambush action, and blocking fire.
    • The new 1945 plan called for delaying action along the border and withdrawal to prepared defensive lines and then to a stronghold area in southeastern Manchuria.

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