- a stratagem in which action on a matter is reserved for or postponed to a later time, allowing one to wait for a more advantageous time to act or to see what develops in the meantime.
Origin of waiting game
First recorded in 1885–90
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- the postponement of action or decision in order to gain the advantage
Idioms and Phrases with waiting game
see play a waiting game.
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