In attendance, especially on a royal personage. For example, The prelates who were in waiting asked him to take the last rites. This usage has become less common with the diminution of royalty and royal courts but still survives. [Late 1600s]
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Should lightning strike and Hillary Clinton forgoes a presidential run, Democrats have a nominee in waiting.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton|Eleanor Clift|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
Her travel clique has been known to arrive at an airport, bags packed, passport-in-hand, within hours of spotting a deal.
A running joke inside the tribe is that the group is like that club with a hundred people waiting outside to get in.
The first day of Liberty, I was hanging around waiting for Ford to come in.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sol laughed out of his whiskers, with a big, loose-rolling sound, and sat on the porch without waiting to be asked.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
We all rose to our feet, and he shook hands with everybody without waiting to be introduced.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
At Felipe's cry, the women waiting in the hall hurried in, wailing aloud as their first glance showed them all was over.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
After a bit of waiting, Mac decided that the smoke was floating from a certain direction, and we began to edge carefully that way.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!