waiting game


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. waite, morrison remick,
  2. waiter,
  3. waitering,
  4. waiting,
  5. waiting for godot,
  6. waiting in the wings,
  7. waiting list,
  8. waiting period,
  9. waiting room,
  10. waitingly

Origin of waiting game

First recorded in 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for waiting game

waiting game

noun

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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