Meaning of delaying action in English:

delaying action


mass noun
  • Action taken to gain time, especially a military engagement that delays the advance of an enemy.

    ‘His courageous delaying action enabled his comrades to reorganize and effect an orderly withdrawal.’
    • ‘Just as in dispersed defense, delaying action can include a wide use of artificial obstacles of all types, ambush action, and blocking fire.’
    • ‘The new 1945 plan called for delaying action along the border and withdrawal to prepared defensive lines and then to a stronghold area in southeastern Manchuria.’
    • ‘And the plan was to fight a delaying action, not decisive battles: Let the Napoleon invade.’
    • ‘Even in the short term, this move is a nice delaying action.’