prospect (n) the possibility of something happening in the future. 'Outlook' is the synonym Example: The party was 'very disappointed' by the prospect of cuts in welfare spending. (SCMP, October 23, 2003) to shelve (v) to hold back to a later time. Do not mix it up with the noun 'shelf' Example: The owners are trying to persuade the government to shelve the demolition plan. (SCMP, October 8, 2003) to opt for (something) (v) to choose something. 'To opt to do something' is to decide to do it in preference to anything else Example: The man opted to buy an apartment instead of renting one. to waver (v) to hesitate before making a decision. 'To be indecisive' means the same Example: The politician did not waver in his opinion that the Iraqi war was a big mistake. to draw on (phrasal verb) to make use of something Example: The president would not be drawn on the likelihood of wholesale changes in his cabinet after the election.