Meaning of kick the can down the road in English:

kick the can down the road

phrase

informal US
  • Put off confronting a difficult issue or making an important decision, typically on a continuing basis.

    • ‘I appreciate that he doesn't want to raise taxes, but sooner or later you have to stop kicking the can down the road’
    • ‘For months, in response to the Greek crisis, the eurozone's leaders have been kicking the tin can down the road.’
    • ‘Probably in December they'll kick the can down the road which is what Washington always does.’
    • ‘They have been kicking the can down the road for two years.’
    • ‘We have kicked the can down the road for a generation.’
    • ‘We can always kick the can down the road by saying now's not the right time for anything we don't feel like doing.’
    • ‘However, he viewed the federal government's actions as simply kicking the can down the road without solving the fundamental problems.’
    • ‘They already kicked the can down the road in the debt ceiling agreement that led to this.’
    • ‘For our part, we would greatly prefer to deal with the adjustments that are necessary for robust economic growth, rather than just kicking the can down the road.’
    • ‘In politics there is always a temptation to kick the can down the road and hope that problems might disappear.’
    • ‘"It kicks the can down the road for a slight amount of time," Mr. Stone said.’
    delay, put off doing something, postpone action, defer action, be dilatory, use delaying tactics, stall, temporize, play for time, play a waiting game, dally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, take one's time