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 Shaquille Leonard is still playing the waiting game, going through practices and seeing how his body responds. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Sep. 2022 After no bad news came that morning, Mitchell anxiously played the waiting game, checking his phone for updates. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2022 Seaton explains that getting through the symptoms was just a waiting game since she was not offered the vaccine. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 And then there is the waiting game, as there seemingly has been since the league calendar turned over on July 1. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 8 July 2022 While the Mayfield waiting game continued, the Browns drafted with symmetry, picking four players on offense, four on defense and a specialist. Nate Ulrich, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 Here are four suggestions to live through the Fed’s waiting game. Marilyn Cohen, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 At this point, players who pre-register simply have to play the waiting game. Xl Media, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2022 It’s now a waiting game to see when the eight-time Tour winner will return. Riley Hamel And Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

20 Sep 2022

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“Waiting game.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiting%20game. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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