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  • v. Present participle of temporise.


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  • Peel's speech was described as temporising, and the deliverance of his young lieutenant was temporising too, though firm on the necessary principle, as he called it, of which the world was before long to hear so much from him, that the nation should be taxed for the support of a national church.

    The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3) 1809-1859

  • However, such a shocking thing as violence is hardly hinted at, and the Princess always succeeds, as the Creole lady in _Newton Forster_ said she did with the pirates, in "temporising," while her abductors confine themselves for the most part to the finest "Phébus."

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • Sheer shock is one explanation for this slow and initially temporising response.

    The west should cheer, not fear, this cry for freedom in Egypt | Andrew Rawnsley

  • Thus it is always with those in the high places, ever temporising with their natural desires, ever masking their ordinariness under a show of disinterest.


  • He concluded: No temporising with Britain on this subject now.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • This needs to become this election campaign's number one issue? not one which either a compromised Labour party or a temporising Conservative party will relish.

    Now we know the truth. The financial meltdown wasn't a mistake ? it was a con

  • In this spirit of temporising policy, he at length composed his mind to rest.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • As true friends they are, as he that Caelius Secundus met by the highway side; and hard it is in this temporising age to distinguish such companions, or to find them out.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • However deeply sympathetic with such a reasonable characteristic, Soames would have denied it at any ordinary moment — to confess to temporising was not, as it were, done.

    The White Monkey

  • I felt, of course, at the time, that this temporising on my part would probably end in bringing Marian here in a state of virtuous indignation, banging doors.

    The Woman in White


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