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bide one's time

to wait patiently. I've been biding my time for years, just waiting for a chance like this. He's not the type just to sit there and bide his time. He wants some action now.
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bide your time

to wait patiently to do something She decided to bide her time until her children were all in school before she went to graduate school.
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bide your time

to wait patiently for a good opportunity to do something She was biding her time until she could get her revenge.
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bide one's time

Wait for the opportune moment, as in The cat sat in front of the mousehole, biding its time. This phrase employs the verb to bide in the sense of "to wait for," a usage dating from about a.d. 950 and surviving mainly in this locution.
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bide (one's) time

To wait for further developments.
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He's bided his time, kept going, kept learning, worked hard and done very well for us.
Jamie Spencer bided his time at the back of the field in a race run at a fierce gallop and, as the leaders began to fade, the rider let out some rein and the Irish filly weaved her way through the pack before bursting clear a furlong out to win in the style of a high-class performer.
During those four years, she bided her time as a crisis counselor and worked at a local hospital until her big break in January 1989.
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Cunningly, I bided my time to lull the leaders into a false sense of security, before applying the coup de gras with 8-1 nap Cuil Magic.
Richard Hills bided his time on John Dunlop's juvenile but she glided into the lead when asked for her effort and had one length to spare over Precocious Star at the finish of the seven-furlong contest.
Like a stealth hunter awaiting the perfect moment to strike, Young bided his time.
He bided his time with the maturity of a seasoned professional and did not begin to make a forward move until the entrance to the home straight.
With old favourite Persian Punchdictating the pace, Dettori bided his time before bringing his mount wide to win by three and a half lengths.