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Brewer's: Fabian Tactics

or Policy?i.e. delay. ?Win like Fabius, by delay.? The Roman general Fabius wearied out Hannibal by marches, counter-marches, ambuscades, and skirmishes, without ever coming to an open engagement. Fabius died B.C. 203.

?Met by the Fabian tactics, which proved fatal to its predecessor.? ?The Times.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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