Delay until the end of something, as in They waited out the war in Paris. This expression comes from baseball, where it alludes to the batter refraining from swinging at pitches in the hope of being walked (getting to first base on balls). It was first recorded in 1909 and was transferred to other activities by the 1930s.
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How to use wait out in a sentence
Now all van der Sloot and his bride-to-be have to do is wait out the ten days to see if anyone objects.
The government said it would wait out the end of the holiday at the end of Ramadan, which passed over the weekend.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In | Mike Giglio | August 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Left unexplained was why the Taliban would cut a deal with the Karzai government when it could simply wait out the surge.Obama’s Plan to Announce Afghanistan Withdrawal at NATO Summit Is Shrewd Politics | Peter Beinart | May 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
More likely, they will try to wait out the withdrawal of combat forces over the next two years.Strategic Agreement Between Obama and Karzai Has Only 50-50 Chance | P.J. Crowley | May 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Daily power cuts last for hours and whole neighborhoods are silenced as workers wait out the hours without electricity.Senegal Presidential Elections: Violence Flares Over Wade’s Candidacy | Artis Henderson | February 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
"She is set upon staying in the harbor for three more days, to wait out the week," reported Jordde.The Jewels of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
“wait out on the porch for just a little while,” called Mr. Seaton, in a low voice.The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless | H. Irving Hancock
wait out there, like a jewel, till I put the beast away, and then you shall call me spalpeen again.Kilgorman | Talbot Baines Reed
And it was a nerve-racking experience to wait out the night with its hidden but sure dangers.Huts in Hell | Daniel A. Poling
It was just like our ill-luck to wait out of the shower; but for that delay we should have come in for the affray.Round About the Carpathians | Andrew F. Crosse