waiting game

wait·​ing game | \ ˈwā-tiŋ- How to pronounce waiting game (audio) \

Definition of waiting game

: 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

Until they make their decision, we're just playing a waiting game.
Recent Examples on the Web As the Olympic roster deadline creeps closer by the hour, Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams are stuck in a waiting game with FIBA and the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS). Emily Adams, USA TODAY, 18 July 2021 Once again Massachusetts politics is in the middle of a waiting game. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021 Today could be a bit of a waiting game with everyone on the edge of their seat ahead of the Fed minutes early this afternoon. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Tuesday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena, but the waiting game continues for guard Avery Bradley. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Mar. 2021 Play a waiting game and be patient even if you are aggravated by someone or in a big hurry. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 2 June 2021 No electricity means nights are reduced to a waiting game in the dark for when the next strike will come. Hana Salah, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 As soon as Baffert delivered his news, however, the run-up to Saturday’s race became a referendum on the Hall of Fame trainer’s legacy and a waiting game to see if Medina Spirit would even be allowed to run at Pimlico Race Course. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 14 May 2021 The next several months of the pandemic became a waiting game in more ways than one. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of waiting game

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of waiting game was in 1850

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22 Jul 2021

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“Waiting game.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20game. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of waiting game

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


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