lie in wait
Remain hidden while preparing to attack, as in The opposition was quietly lying in wait for the incumbent to make his first big mistake. This expression originally alluded to physical attacks and is now often used figuratively. [Mid-1400s] Also see lay for.
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So far, all the players seemed to be willing to wait their turn.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And they might not have to wait that long to show their political heft.
And as he adjusted to this change in circumstances, he screamed at himself a second time: Wait!Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
My doctor insisted that once I filed this piece I lie down on my bed and not get out.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Some refugees wait for days on the ships before setting sail.
As men fixed in the grip of nightmare, we were powerless—unable to do anything but wait.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
He didn't need to wait—as the birds did—until an angleworm stuck his head above ground.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
The pig family did not know when Squinty would be taken away from them, and all they could do was to wait.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
They are ovoid in shape, and lie in pairs, end to end, often forming short chains.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
However this be, it is hard to say that these fibs have that clear intention to deceive which constitutes a complete lie.Children's Ways|James Sully