bide one's time

Definition of bide one's time

  1. :  to wait for the right time before doing something He is biding his time before asking his parents for a loan.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  withstand

    :  to put up with :  tolerate

    :  to continue in a state or condition

  1. :  the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues :  duration

    :  a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future

    :  leisure

  1. :  to arrange or set the time of :  schedule

    :  to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

    :  to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. :  of or relating to time

    :  recording time

    :  timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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