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.
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waiting game

n
the postponement of action or decision in order to gain the advantage
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.waiting game - a strategy of delay
scheme, strategy - an elaborate and systematic plan of action
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Translations

waiting game

n to play a waiting gametemporeggiare
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