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To delay or avoid making a decision - thesaurus

Synonyms

hang back

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

waver

verb

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

stall

verb

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

dither

verb

showing disapproval to be unable to make a decision about something

um and ah

verb

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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swither

verb

Scottish to be unable to decide what to do or have

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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