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stall



stall [stall stalls stalled stalling] noun, verb BrE [stɔːl] NAmE [stɔːl]
noun
1. countable a table or small shop with an open front that people sell things from, especially at a market
Syn: stand
a market stall
They have a fish stall on the market.
Drinks were being sold from makeshift stalls at the side of the road.
see also bookstall
2. countable a section inside a farm building that is large enough for one animal to be kept in
3. countable (especially NAmE)a small area in a room, surrounded by glass, walls, etc, that contains a shower or toilet
4. the stalls (also the ˈorchestra stalls) (both BrE)plural (NAmE the orchestra singular)the seats that are nearest to the stage in a theatre
the front row of the stalls
5. countable, usually plural the seats at the front of a church where the ↑choir (= singers) and priests sit
6. countable, usually singular a situation in which a vehicle's engine suddenly stops because it is not getting enough power
7. countable, usually singular a situation in which an aircraft loses speed and goes steeply downwards
The plane went into a stall.

Word Origin:
Old English steall ‘stable or cattle shed’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stal, also to ↑stand. Early senses of the verb included ‘reside, dwell’ and ‘bring to a halt’.

Thesaurus:
stall noun C
a flower stall at the market
booth • • stand • |especially BrE kiosk
a hot-dog stall/stand
have/run a stall/booth/stand/kiosk
set up/man a stall/stand

Example Bank:
He has a flower stall in the market.
I bought this trout at the market fish stall.
The horse refused to enter the starting stalls.
We had to muck out stalls and groom the horses.
Who's going to man the stall at lunchtime?
a stall selling second-hand books
the man behind the stall
He works on a market stall in the Square.
They have a flower stall at the market.

 
verb
1. intransitive, transitive (of a vehicle or an engine)to stop suddenly because of a lack of power or speed; to make a vehicle or engine do this
The car stalled and refused to start again.
I kept stalling.
~ sth I stalled the car three times during my driving test.
2. intransitive ~ (on/over sth) to try to avoid doing sth or answering a question so that you have more time
They are still stalling on the deal.
‘What do you mean?’ she asked, stalling for time.
The opposition party was angered by the Prime Minister's stalling tactics.
3. transitive ~ sb to make sb wait so that you have more time to do sth
See if you can stall her while I finish searching her office.
4. transitive, intransitive ~ (sth) to stop sth from happening until a later date; to stop making progress
attempts to revive the stalled peace plan
Discussions have once again stalled.
Verb forms:

Word Origin:
Old English steall ‘stable or cattle shed’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stal, also to ↑stand. Early senses of the verb included ‘reside, dwell’ and ‘bring to a halt’.

Example Bank:
Discussions were effectively stalled by the union's refusal to participate.
He asked them all kinds of pointless questions, stalling for time.
The peace process is currently stalled.
‘What do you mean?’ she asked, stalling for time.
The opposition party was angered by the Prime Minister's stalling tactics.
There have been several attempts to revive the stalled peace plan.
They could stall the process further by asking for a judicial review.

 
See also:orchestra orchestra stalls

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