holding pattern

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noun
  1. a traffic pattern for aircraft at a specified location (holding point ) where they are ordered to remain until permitted to land or proceed.

  2. a state or period in which no progress or change is made or planned.

Origin of holding pattern

1
First recorded in 1950–55

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British Dictionary definitions for holding pattern

holding pattern

noun
  1. the oval or circular path of an aircraft flying around an airport awaiting permission to land

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