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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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Last Date for Sale of Biding Document - : Before the Closing Hours of 09.
As Justin Gatlin keeps trying out for NFL teams while biding time for his eight-year track ban to go away, does he realize the league does test for illegal substances?
Beefy's a legend but he should have made his protestations known to viewers as soon as possible rather than biding his time so to add extra weight to his argument.
It tells the story of two half brothers--Bruno, a writer, and Michel, a scientist--who muddle their way through their broken lives, alternately seeking and avoiding relationships with family and lovers, biding their time at work, and touring the French countryside and sex resorts, until they reach, quite literally, the end of man.
But I'm biding my time and looking to take my chance when I get back in.
As the Fed chases its tail by tightening monetary policy and trying to slay an oil-induced inflation scare, the market is biding its time for the next Fed blink when they (along with $3 gasoline) are in danger of tipping the economy over.
The choral groups are not biding their time till the big event.
No physical presence of purchaser is required for biding.
SAID (Kais Nashef) and Khaled (Ali Suliman) are childhood friends, biding their time in the West Bank city of Nablus, working as little as possible, smoking a hookah as much as possible.
His debut CD, OLD FRIENDS, will be in stores July 27, but the humble singer is not biding his time.
Now, more than 200 of them - mostly parents with young children - are just biding their time until they see where life takes them next.
Dennis believes the market has just been biding its time for an economic recovery to begin.
The reason why the ladies of Terry Lawrence's ``Rosenstrasse'' are biding their time outside a de facto Jewish center in 1943 are certainly intriguing, even alarming.
In biding time, the Company has pragmatically aligned itself with (or acquired) third parties.