While edit­ing a doc­u­ment for a client recent­ly, I came across the phrase “buy­ing time”. While the phrase is com­plete­ly nor­mal, in this con­text, it should’ve been “bid­ing time”. So what’s the dif­fer­ence?

Biding time

To bide means to wait, so bid­ing one’s time is just anoth­er way of say­ing “to wait” or “to be patient”.

Buying time

To buy time, on the oth­er hand, means to post­pone some­thing or to stall, as in “He’s run­ning late, so I’m going to buy him some more time.”

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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