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