I had to buy them just a bit more time.
All we can do now is try to buy some time.
But we both knew I was trying to buy time.
I have got to buy enough time and still get everyone out of here.
You don't put your best people out to buy time.
For Earth must buy time, no matter what the price.
But how much time could he buy by these means?
The plan is an effort to buy time for a program of economic change.
Which had to mean there was something to buy time for.
He also knew that she was trying to buy time.