E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cunctator [the delayer].
Quintus Fabius Maximus, the Roman general who baffled Hannibal by avoiding direct engagements, and wearing him out by marches, countermarches, and skirmishes from a distance. This was the policy by which Duguesclin forced the English to abandon their possessions in France in the reign of Charles V. (le Sage). (See FABIAN.)