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waiting game

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noun wait·ing game \ˈwā-tiŋ-\

Simple Definition of waiting game

  • : a situation in which you wait to see what happens before you decide what to do

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of waiting game

  1. :  a strategy in which one or more participants withhold action temporarily in the hope of having a favorable opportunity for more effective action later

Examples of waiting game in a sentence

  1. Until they make their decision, we're just playing a waiting game.



1850

First Known Use of waiting game

1850


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