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holding pattern

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  1. 1 a state of temporary inactivity repair work on the bridge was in a holding pattern for the duration of the winter Synonyms of holding pattern cold storage, deep freeze, doldrums, dormancy, abeyance, latency, moratorium, quiescence, suspended animation, suspense, suspensionWords Related to holding pattern inaction, inertia, inertness, motionlessness; impasse, standstill; coma, hibernation, hypnosis, repose, rest, sleep, slumber, torpor; recess, recession, remission; downtime, idleness, layoffNear Antonyms of holding pattern recommencement, renewal, resumption, resuscitationAntonyms of holding pattern continuance, continuation

  2. 2 an instance or period of being prevented from going about one's business the couple has been trapped in this holding pattern for six months, as adoption officials create more red tape Synonyms of holding pattern detainment, detention, holdback, delay, holdup, waitWords Related to holding pattern deferment, deferral, postponement; reprieve, respite; foot-dragging, hesitation, lag, pause, setback, slowdownNear Antonyms of holding pattern haste, rush; dispatch, promptitude, promptness


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