play for time

play for time ( to delay until you are ready; to try to delay or prevent something from happening so that you have more time to prepare for it) — пытаться выиграть время; тянуть время; оттягивать время

Example 1: We can't sign the agreement yet — we'll have to play for time. (CIDI) — Мы еще не можем подписать договор — нужно попытаться выиграть время.

Example 2: He decided to play for time in the hope that the price would decrease.

Related vocabulary:
[buy time]
[drag one's feet]

[bide one's time]