English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'stall'

(verb) 
Definition
to stop (a motor vehicle or its engine) or (of a motor vehicle or its engine) to stop, by incorrect use of the clutch or incorrect adjustment of the fuel mixture
The engine stalled.
Synonyms
stop dead
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jam
The phone lines are jammed. Everybody wants to talk about it.
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seize up
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stick
The dagger stuck tightly in the silver scabbard.
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stop short
(noun) 
Definition
a small stand for the display and sale of goods
market stalls selling local fruits
Synonyms
stand
She bought a hot dog from a stand on a street corner.
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table
I placed his drink on the small table.
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kiosk
I was getting cigarettes at the kiosk.
(noun) 
Definition
a compartment in a stable or shed for a single animal
mucking out the animal stalls
Synonyms
enclosure
This enclosure was so vast that the outermost wall could hardly be seen.
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pen
a holding pen for sheep
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coop
Behind the house, the pair set up a chicken coop.
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corral
As we neared the corral, the horses pranced and whinnied.
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sty
(verb) 
an attempt to stall the negotiations
Synonyms
hinder
Landslides are continuing to hinder the arrival of relief supplies.
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obstruct
Drivers who park illegally obstruct the flow of traffic.
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impede
Fallen rocks are impeding the progress of rescue workers.
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block
All attempts to complain to his superiors were blocked.
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check
Today's meeting must focus on checking the spread of violence.
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arrest
The new rules could arrest the development of good research.
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halt
Striking workers halted production at the auto plant yesterday.
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slow down
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hamper
I was hampered by a lack of information.
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thwart
They were doing all they could to thwart the terrorists.
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(verb) 
Definition
to employ delaying tactics towards (someone)
Tomas had spent all week stalling over a decision.
Synonyms
play for time
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delay
I delayed my departure until she could join me.
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hedge
When asked about his involvement, he hedged.
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procrastinate
We often procrastinate when faced with something we do not want to do.
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stonewall
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beat about the bush (informal)
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temporize
`Not exactly, sir,' he temporized.
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drag your feet
They were dragging their feet so as to obstruct political reforms.
(verb) 
Definition
to employ delaying tactics towards (someone)
The shop manager stalled the man until the police arrived.
Synonyms
hold up
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delay
The passengers were delayed by bad weather.
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detain
We won't detain you any further.
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divert
They want to divert the attention of the people from the real issues.
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distract
Video games sometimes distract him from his homework.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of arrest
Definition
to slow or stop the development of
The new rules could arrest the development of good research.
in the sense of block
Definition
to impede, retard, or prevent (an action or procedure)
All attempts to complain to his superiors were blocked.
Synonyms
in the sense of check
Definition
to slow the growth or progress of
Today's meeting must focus on checking the spread of violence.
Synonyms
bar,
stem the flow of,
nip in the bud,
put a spoke in someone's wheel

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