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  • v. Alternative spelling of temporize.

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  • v. draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time

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Examples

  • "Why ought he to know?" asked Imogene, doubtless with that impulse to temporise which is natural to the human soul in questions of right and interest.

    Indian Summer

  • Since my present need was to temporise, and give the impression that I might be talked into their ghastly scheme, I played it as they would expect from the redoubtable Flashy, indignation forgotten, narrow-eyed and considering, asking shrewd questions: How could they be sure Franz-Josef would offer us bed and board?

    Watershed

  • "The government cannot profess a commitment to upholding and protecting human rights when, on the international stage, we go out of our way to temporise with tyranny," Leon said in a Human Rights

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • "The government cannot profess a commitment to upholding and protecting human rights when, on the international stage, we go out of our way to temporise with tyranny."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • They desired to temporise until their leader came.

    The War in the Air

  • And you think to temporise, to make some scheme of compromise, that will enable you to live in your way while that — that machinery — lives in its.

    The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth

  • Ferdinand perceived his drift, and thanked him for his generous offer, which he would not fail to consider with all due deliberation; though he was determined against the proposal, but obliged to temporise, that he might not incur the displeasure of this man, at whose mercy he lay.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • Strether was an abrupt reaction, a final impatience of his own tendency to temporise.

    The Ambassadors

  • Walsingham describes as fickle as a reed, siding at one time with the lords and at another time with the king (689) — Richard was driven to temporise.

    London and the Kingdom - Volume I

  • Jupp was at a nonplus again; however, he tried to temporise with the mite, the more especially from his noticing that his little legs were quite mottled and his tiny fingers blue with cold.

    Teddy The Story of a Little Pickle

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  • But his constitutional irresoluteness obstructed his path continually; brain-sick, weak of will, emotional, timid even, he temporised, procrastinated, brooded; came to decisions in the dark hours of the night, only to abandon them in the morning.

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, bk 2, ch. 8

    August 29, 2008