bide your time

bide (one's) time

To delay some action until an ideal moment or situation reveals itself. I'm just biding my time in an office job until a tenure-track position opens up at one of the local colleges.
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bide your time

wait quietly for a good opportunity.
Bide in the sense of await is now only found in this expression. It has been superseded by abide in most of its other senses.
1991 Gillian Slovo The Betrayal And so he bided his time, waiting, plotting, planning, looking for the signs that would be good for him.
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bide your ˈtime

wait for a suitable opportunity to do something: She’s just biding her time until the right job comes along.
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References in classic literature ?
2) If there is an outbreak of fire, but the enemy's soldiers remain quiet, bide your time and do not attack.
And Boyle - the ex-Dundalk centre-back - said: "It can be tough at times, you've got to be patient and bide your time, wait for an opportunity.
Through his solo show, Bide Your Time, which opened at the Elysium Gallery in Swansea last night, the multidisciplinary artist from West Wales refers to his status as a seemingly under or overqualified job-seeker.
If you wait until all the flowers on your Euryops daisy shrub have faded, you will have to bide your time until late summer to see another flush of blooms.
You have to bide your time in this game and remember that the cream always rises to the top.
In a cycle things kind of correct themselves and you can bide your time.
Personally I am a great fan of revenge, which can be very sweet of you just bide your time and chose your moment.
You have to bide your time, wait around and make the right move at the end of the race.