waiting game


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waiting game

n.
The stratagem of deferring action and allowing the passage of time to work in one's favor.

waiting game

n
the postponement of action or decision in order to gain the advantage

wait′ing game`


n.
a stratagem in which decisive action is postponed to a later date, allowing one to gain a possible advantage by the delay.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.waiting game - a strategy of delay
scheme, strategy - an elaborate and systematic plan of action
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waiting game

n to play a waiting gametemporeggiare
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It was a waiting game, and whichever waited the longer was bound to win.
The Americans had realised the price their waiting game must cost, and struck with all the strength they had, if haply they might still save New York from this mad Prince of Blood and Iron, and from fire and death.
The world plays a waiting game for his next gaffe which will hopefully see him ousted from office.
playing Jovetic and his agent are playing the waiting game in the build-up to deadline day and he has interest from the clubs he spent last season on loan at last term in Sevilla and AS Roma - who both feel they can pay his PS90,000-per-week wages.
And it's unclear whether either of the matches on their summer tour will be shown on television in this country, with broadcasters also playing the waiting game.
For Widnes, selection may well be a bit of a waiting game, as several players sustained injuries in last weekend's 23-12 win over Broughton Park, and it will be a surprise if they all recover in time to make it out onto the pitch at Waterloo Road this afternoon.
My daffodils of spring, soon to be gone back to the earth where they belong then the waiting game to play for a time in their sleep-state to stay waiting for spring in another year from their hiding place, again to stir that golden shadow of their own making a little time in our world of amazement, taking, bringing forth a year that will be new as nature, in her awesomeness, to do not to forget the snowdrops being there their whiteness of purity, with us to share blessed we are with so much to see God in all this wonder for us to be the awakening then the closing of that door of Earth and the giving from its store looking forward to what is to come a little of this and that for everyone.
In this book long-time Syria analyst and former diplomat Bente Scheller contends that Bashar Assad's deadly waiting game is following its own logic: whatever difficulties the Syrian regime has faced, its previous experience has been that it can simply sit out the current crisis.
After the gobbling stopped at the roost, it became a waiting game.
A RECENT day trip to Wakefield turned into a waiting game as two buses came and went without access for a wheelchair user.
BILLY Jones looked ahead to tonight's game at Everton admitting he was always likely to play the waiting game following his summer move to Albion.
Summary: Portsmouth football club are playing the waiting game on one of the most important days in their financial history.