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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STALLING

They're stalling for time down there, that's all those fireballs are for.

It had almost seemed as though the man had been stalling for a while.

Then she jumped up and looked in at the cow-house, where the hind was just stalling the cattle.

Do you think he really has a new theory, or is he just stalling for time?

I was stalling in front, Lonzo was behind and Charlie was the pick.

I got an idea you were just stalling for a rest, that's all.

He'd been stalling her along until the aircar could be found.

The stalling of a single horse in the advance delayed the whole army.

“Stalling for time will get you nowhere,” snapped Gepper, losing patience.

I was stalling for time, waiting until he made the right opening.

WORD ORIGIN

"place in a stable for animals," Old English steall "place where cattle are kept, place, position," from Proto-Germanic *stallaz (cf. Old Norse stallr "pedestal for idols, altar," Old Frisian stal, Old High German stall "stand, place, stable, stall," German Stall "stable," Stelle "place"), earlier *stalnaz- or *stathlo-, from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand," with derivatives referring to a standing object or place (cf. Greek stele "standing block, slab," Latin stolidus "insensible, dull, brutish," properly "unmovable").

The word passed into Romanic languages (cf. Italian stallo "place," stalla "stable;" Old French estal "place, position, stand, stall," French étal "butcher's stall"). Several meanings, including that of "a stand for selling" (mid-13c., implied in stallage "tax levied for the privilege of erecting a stall at a market or fair"), are from (or influenced by) Old French estal. Meaning "partially enclosed seat in a choir" is attested from c.1400; that of "urinal in a men's room" is from 1967.

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