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holding patterns

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1 a state of temporary inactivity
  • repair work on the bridge was in a holding pattern for the duration of the winter

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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

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“Holding patterns.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/holding%20patterns. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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