hurry up and wait


US, informal
used to describe a situation in which one is forced to spend a lot of time waiting
My father says that all he did in the army was hurry up and wait.
sometimes used as a noun phrase
Traveling often involves a lot of hurry up and wait.

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“Hurry up and wait.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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