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.

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And so the near-term waiting game begins to see exactly what will become of the Waukegan casino process once Pritzker fulfills his promise to give the final green light. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year," 4 June 2019 At a time when hyperbole can become pronounced, with agents manipulating where their clients will land, Hachimura could prove to be a need-to-trade-up waiting game for the Heat at No. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Japan’s Rui Hachimura an intriguing Heat draft option, already with Kelly Olynyk’s endorsement," 3 June 2019 Oil deal Hedge funds and oil investors, who were playing a waiting game on crude prices in the run-up to the weekend’s meeting of OPEC and its allies in Vienna, seem to have been left confused by the outcome. Lorcan Roche Kelly, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 25 June 2018 Thus the waiting game will continue until just after 7 p.m. Thursday. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Bears GM Ryan Pace skillfully hiding his cards as NFL draft draws near," 24 Apr. 2018 The fact that Democrats believe in government and have constituencies who depend on it, both as federal employees and beneficiaries, makes the dynamics of the shutdown waiting game inherently different and more difficult for Democrats. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Public opinion is protecting Mueller’s investigation — for now," 24 Jan. 2018 For some, the slow-grow that comes after a transformative chop is a waiting game full of awkward lengths. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart is the Year's Ultimate Hair Chameleon, From a Blanched Buzz to a Punky Mullet," 2 Nov. 2017 Oklahoma State’s offensive line took a major hit with the loss of Larry Williams for the season and a day-to-day waiting game for Zach Crabtree to recover from a turf toe injury. Joe Buettner, ajc, "Offensive line injuries force Mike Gundy to rely on youth," 27 Sep. 2017

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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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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