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