waiting game

noun
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 With just one prep race left on the schedule – Saturday’s $150,000 Pegasus at Monmouth Park – the waiting game is on for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Field starting to take shape for 2020 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs," 12 Aug. 2020 There is a high degree of frustration among coaches who feel stuck in a waiting game due to an uncertain season. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Updates on college football season: What will the Big Ten, SEC and Power Five leagues do?," 11 Aug. 2020 The waiting game continues for Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers, while a major rehab awaits right-handed pitcher Peter Lambert. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: Opening day is finally here, the one constant through all the years has been baseball.," 24 July 2020 The 2020 season has been nothing but a waiting game so far for Luis Urías. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The waiting game continues for Brewers shortstop Luis Urías, who has caught no breaks in 2020," 9 July 2020 But the Mavericks can play the waiting game better than anyone with their two young stars just getting revved up. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Why the absence of playoffs costs the Dallas Stars more than the Mavericks," 17 Apr. 2020 Waiting for Godot’ For those who are feeling that life is indeed an endless waiting game these days and are brave enough to take on the ultimate literary evocation of that feeling. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Turn the Living Room into a Stage: Read Plays Out Loud," 27 Mar. 2020 For Rosenberg, the daily promise of discovery is enough to keep him buoyed against doubt in what could be physics’ longest waiting game. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Generation of Dark Matter Experiments Gear Up to Search for Elusive Particle," 3 Feb. 2020 Other former House lawmakers, like Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, had, like Jeffries, been anointed rising stars, only to get tired of waiting game and seize other opportunities. Alana Abramson, Time, "Hakeem Jeffries Moves to Center Stage as Impeachment Manager," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of waiting game

1850, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2020

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“Waiting game.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20game. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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waiting game

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How to pronounce waiting game (audio)

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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