waiting game

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noun
  1. a stratagem in which action on a matter is reserved for or postponed to a later time, allowing one to wait for a more advantageous time to act or to see what develops in the meantime.

Origin of waiting game

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for waiting game

waiting game

noun
  1. the postponement of action or decision in order to gain the advantage
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Idioms and Phrases with waiting game

waiting game

see play a waiting game.

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