Delay or be delayed in taking action or progressing: a near agreement was hanging fire because of the concerns of some provinces
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- Two years ago the District Auditor had warned the council that they must get rid of surplus places, but they had hung fire, because of good schools like Newland, and the upheaval caused to children and staff.
- I think everyone is hanging fire to see what happens.
- She said: ‘People have been hanging fire from the outset of the disease to see what happens and because of the outbreak here it's not picking up.’
delay, hang back, hold back, hold on, stall, stop, pause, cease, halt, discontinue, procrastinate, vacillate, adopt Fabian tactics
informal hang about, hang around, sit tight, hold one's horses
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