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play a waiting game

Delay an action or decision so as to force an opponent to move or to gain additional information. For example, The lawyer advised her to play a waiting game and see if her husband would come up with more alimony. [Late 1800s]

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hesitate, dawdle, defer, retard, suspend, poke, linger, temporize, cool, tarry, goldbrick, pause, stay, prolong, drag, stall, loiter, adjourn, protract, postpone