His supporters hosted a men-only fundraiser with this admonition on the invitation: “Tell the misses not to wait up.”
A clock chimed ten, and she proceeded to her mother's room, where she must wait up with her information about Mr. Jasper's wife.
The boots, it seemed, had been instructed to wait up for him, but she had long gone to bed.
Quick, Tubby, try and attract his attention again—tell him for goodness' sake to wait up there and take another message!
No one was to wait up for her, in case she might be late, she said; she was taking a latch-key as usual.
We shouldn't be long if it was fine, but if 'twas wet we might have to wait up in places.
No, Polly will wait up for us, make your mind easy on that, Bob.
"You need not wait up for us, after nine o'clock," Dick said, as he mounted.
The old one was to lock the door behind us, and wait up with my mother.
He should not wait up, I would let myself in; and I went out.
c.1200, "to watch with hostile intent, lie in wait for," from Old North French waitier "to watch" (Old French gaitier, Modern French guetter), from Frankish *wahton (cf. Dutch wacht "a watching," Old High German wahten, German wachten "to watch, to guard;" Old High German wahhon "to watch, be awake," Old English wacian "to be awake;" see wake (v.)). General sense of "remain in some place" is from late 14c.; that of "to see to it that something occurs" is late 14c. Meaning "to stand by in attendance on" is late 14c.; specific sense of "serve as an attendant at a table" is from 1560s. Related: Waited; waiting.
To wait (something) out "endure a period of waiting" is recorded from 1909, originally American English, in reference to baseball batters trying to draw a base on balls. Waiting game is recorded from 1890. Waiting room is attested from 1680s. Waiting list is recorded from 1897; the verb wait-list "to put (someone) on a waiting list" is recorded from 1960.
early 13c., "a watcher, onlooker," from Old North French wait, Old French gaite, from gaitier (see wait (v.)). From late 14c. as "an ambush, a trap" (as in lie in wait).
To pause, when well ahead, for someone to overtake one •Often a panting request (1920s+)