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To delay or avoid making a decision - synonyms or related words

hang back

to not do something immediately because you are not confident or you do not feel certain about it



if a person wavers, they are not certain about what to say or do



to refuse to answer or decide something in order to gain more time



showing disapproval

to be unable to make a decision about something

um and ah


mainly spoken

to be unable to decide what to do in a situation

keep/leave your options open

to avoid making a decision now so that you will still have choices later

wait and see

to stay calm and delay doing something until you see what happens


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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