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]


Nearby words

  1. plausible,
  2. plausive,
  3. plautus,
  4. play,
  5. play a losing game,
  6. play agent,
  7. play along,
  8. play around,
  9. play at,
  10. play back

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