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holding pattern

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of holding pattern

  1. 1 a state of temporary inactivity <repair work on the bridge was in a holding pattern for the duration of the winter> Synonyms cold storage, deep freeze, doldrums, dormancy, abeyance, latency, moratorium, quiescence, suspended animation, suspense, suspensionRelated Words inaction, inertia, inertness, motionlessness; impasse, standstill; coma, hibernation, hypnosis, repose, rest, sleep, slumber, torpor; recess, recession, remission; downtime, idleness, layoffNear Antonyms recommencement, renewal, resumption, resuscitationAntonyms continuance, continuation

  2. 2 an instance or period of being prevented from going about one's business <the couple has been trapped in this holding pattern for six months, as adoption officials create more red tape> Synonyms detainment, detention, holdback, delay, holdup, waitRelated Words deferment, deferral, postponement; reprieve, respite; foot-dragging, hesitation, lag, pause, setback, slowdownNear Antonyms haste, rush; dispatch, promptitude, promptness




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