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wait out

Delay until the end of something, as in They waited out the war in Paris. This expression comes from baseball, where it alludes to the batter refraining from swinging at pitches in the hope of being walked (getting to first base on balls). It was first recorded in 1909 and was transferred to other activities by the 1930s.
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  • I ought to have known better than to wait out there so long.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • You coming upstairs or will you wait out here and freeze to death in the cold?

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance
  • I'm not hungry, and I'll wait out here and keep the toll-gate.

  • "And I will wait out here," Guinea spoke up, and her voice trembled.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • He had to land and wait out the storm—if he could find a place to land.

    Bolden's Pets F. L. Wallace
  • The only thing to do was wait out the storm and hope it would pass.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone

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