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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DELAY

Some horrible accident might happen to delay us here thirty minutes.

Wilson, chafing under the delay, was obliged to admit to himself that it was best.

In the making of fancies and jests he sees a chance of delay.

Yates did not like to ask the cause of the delay; so the three sat there silently.

The idea never occurred to her that there should be the slightest hindrance or the least delay.

"I shall not delay you many minutes, Mr. Vivian," said her ladyship.

The schooner down boat, and took us on board without any delay.

Could she ever pardon herself for this delay, when Mordecai is suspended?

I have demanded a year's delay, to allow mutual trial and reflection.

Let us not delay a moment, without some good and obvious cause.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French delaiier, from de- "away, from" (see de-) + laier "leave, let," probably a variant of Old French laissier, from Latin laxare "slacken, undo" (see lax). Related: Delayed; delaying.

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