delaying action
See delaying operation.

Military dictionary. 2000.

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  • delaying action — n. maneuvers to cover a retreat, gain time, etc …   English World dictionary

  • delaying action — n. to fight a delaying action * * * [dɪ leɪɪŋ ækʃən] to fight a delaying action …   Combinatory dictionary

  • delaying action — /dəˈleɪɪŋ ækʃən/ (say duh laying akshuhn) noun any action taken whose purpose is to gain time, especially a military action delaying the advance of a superior enemy force by withdrawing while inflicting the maximum damage possible without… …   Australian English dictionary

  • delaying action — noun : a defensive military action in which advance of an enemy is delayed by fighting as long as possible without the defensive force becoming involved in decisive battle that would imperil its withdrawal …   Useful english dictionary

  • delaying action — Mil. a maneuver in which a defensive force delays the advance of a superior enemy force by withdrawing while inflicting the maximum destruction possible without engaging in decisive combat. * * * …   Universalium

  • delaying action — postponing operation or performance; combat strategy aiming to slow the advance of enemy forces …   English contemporary dictionary

  • delaying-action line — line of defense, system of fortifications and obstacles designed to delay the advancement of enemy forces …   English contemporary dictionary

  • action — n. activity act 1) to initiate; take action; to go into action 2) to put smt. into action (we put our plan into action) 3) to prod, spur smb. into action 4) concerted, united; decisive; direct; disciplinary; drastic; emergency; hasty, rash;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • delaying tactic — /dəˈleɪɪŋ tæktɪk/ (say duh laying taktik) noun an action taken to avoid the immediate occurrence of something undesirable that one perceives to be about to happen. Also, stalling tactic …   Australian English dictionary

  • rearguard action — noun 1. : a defensive or delaying fight engaged in by a rear guard (as in covering the retreat of an army or the evacuation of a besieged garrison) 2. : an effort put forth by means of preventive or delaying measures or tactics and usually… …   Useful english dictionary

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