n. temporary inactivity
suspension, interruption, break, intermission, pause
n. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
pause, hesitate
v. interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing; "The speaker paused"
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n. (American football) blocking a player's path with your body; "he ran interference for the quarterback"
n. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey
infringement, violation
n. an act that disregards an agreement or a right; "he claimed a violation of his rights under the Fifth Amendment"
time out, break, recess, respite
n. a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
stoppage, stop
n. the act of stopping something; "the third baseman made some remarkable stops"; "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"
surcease, cessation
n. a stopping; "a cessation of the thunder"
n. the act of enlisting (as in a military service)
temporise, temporize
v. draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time; "The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote"
waver, vacillate, fluctuate
v. move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern; "the line on the monitor vacillated"
waver, falter
v. move hesitatingly, as if about to give way
mill around, mill about, mess about, hang around, lallygag, footle, lurk, linger, tarry, loaf, lollygag, lounge, loiter
v. be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
waffle, waver, hesitate
v. pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
hold back, hold off, wait
v. wait before acting; "the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"
v. render temporarily ineffective; "the prison sentence was suspended"
waver, falter
v. be unsure or weak; "Their enthusiasm is faltering"
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