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It came as the EU said it would back a short delay to Brexit- if MPs finally vote in favour of Theresa May's deal next week.

I read the above in The Metro newspaper.

Please explain the use of the preposition "to" in "delay to Brexit".

Would the preposition "in" be equally correct "delay in Brexit"?

I am really confused as there are multiple definitions in the dictionaries for both these prepositions. I have checked the Coca corpus and it states "in" is the most common preposition followed by "delay".

"To" is used generally when or where some direction is involved

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I agree with you. to sounds better.

I think perhaps the problem may be that Brexit is a relatively new word.

If it is a noun, I'd say 'a delay to Brexit'.

If it is a verb, I'd say 'a delay in Brexiting'.

Clive

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Thanks. Which meaning of "to" is used here?

Which do you think, please?

I think they mean "prior to" as in "before."

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prior%20to

As with telling time, it's five minutes to six, or ten minutes "to" / until the end.

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I am confused but "to" is used when it means: reaching destination, some form of transfer is involved

a short delay to Brexit Some possibly relevant dictionary definitions of 'to' are below. But as you can see, they are a bit hard to understand. My advice is that you simply remember that the grammar when talking about a delay the collocation is usually 'a delay to something'. Some definitions of the word 'to'. 2a —used as a function word to indicate purpose, intention, tendency, result, or end came to our aid, drink to his healthb —used as a function word to indicate the result of an action or a process broken all to pieces, go to seed, to their surprise, the train left on timehttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to