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
References in classic literature ?
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.