Pronunciation: (slō'doun"), [key]
1. a slowing down or delay in progress, action, etc.
2. a deliberate slowing of pace by workers to win demands from their employers.
3. Sports.a holding or passing tactic by a team to retain possession of the ball, puck, etc., or use up a maximal amount of time, as to safeguard a lead or thwart a high-scoring opponent.
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