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To delay someone, or to make someone wait

delay

verb

to make someone or something late or slow them down

set back

to delay the progress of someone or something

hold up

to cause a delay for someone or something, or to make them late

stall

verb

to make someone wait or stay somewhere in order to gain more time

put off

to tell someone that you cannot see them or do something until a later time

detain

verb

to delay someone who has to go somewhere

keep

verb

to delay someone

sidetrack

verb

to delay the progress of something by causing people to waste time on something else that is unimportant

prolong the agony

to make an unpleasant feeling last longer, especially by making someone wait

keep someone waiting

to make someone stay in one place or do nothing until you are ready to see or talk to them

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