wait and see
Bide one's time for events to run their course, as in Do you think they'll raise taxes?—We'll have to wait and see. This expression was first recorded in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719): “We had no remedy but to wait and see.” In Britain the phrase became associated with Prime Minister H.H. Asquith, who in 1910 so often said it to the opposition regarding an impending bill that he became known as “Old Wait and See.”
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As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So far, all the players seemed to be willing to wait their turn.
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
Harris is unlikely to see a challenge from Villaraigosa, either.
And to tell the truth, she couldn't help wishing he could see, so he could make the game livelier.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
I waited three months more, in great impatience, then sent him back to the same post, to see if there might be a reply.
As men fixed in the grip of nightmare, we were powerless—unable to do anything but wait.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
You see, I'd always thought of him as the boy whom Great-aunt Lucia described having seen.
He shrank, as from some one who inflicted pain as a child, unwittingly, to see what the effect would be.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood