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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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References in classic literature ?
So long as this man was at enmity with Agamemnon the Achaeans were easier to deal with, and I would have gladly camped by the ships in the hope of taking them; but now I go in great fear of the fleet son of Peleus; he is so daring that he will never bide here on the plain whereon the Trojans and Achaeans fight with equal valour, but he will try to storm our city and carry off our women.
He turned his face to the wall as if resolved to grimly bide his time.
He would bide with him for a time and do what he might to serve him.
Bide till I coom back; on'y bide till I coom back, and ecod we'll make a day of it.
Bide here quiet, there's a good lad; just you bide here quiet a bittie, and ye'll find that we agree.
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CHRIS Hutchings has hailed Alex Nicholls as an "excellent pro" as the young striker bides his time for a belated run in the first team this season.