choose (one's) moment

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choose (one's) moment

To be circumspect and prudent when deciding the best moment to act. Sometimes used ironically to suggest the opposite. I suggest choosing your moment before you ask the boss for a raise. Wow, she broke up with him on his birthday? She really knows how to choose her moment.
See also: choose, moment
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He chose his moment carefully, and tried to make his request sound casual; but he could not master the trembling of his voice; and he felt himself that into words that he wished to seem jovial and friendly there crept the bitterness of his jealousy.
Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1992, the retired KGB archivist chose his moment to leave with a handful of classified documents detailing Russian "illegals" acting as spies abroad hidden in his suitcase.
The sculptor said: "He chose his moment very well and I take my hat off to him.
He simply regarded Sissoko as his player and, with the Everton deal not quite done, cleverly chose his moment.
However, it was then that Shaun Wright-Phillips, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today, chose his moment to explode into action, firing home in the 64th minute.
PHIL THOMPSON chose his moment and put Barcelona's loud-mouths in their place.
With Bristol battling to a 16-10 lead, McRae chose his moment to score a vital try, soon after half-time.
He simply regarded Sissoko as his player and cleverly chose his moment.
With this UEFA Cup tie heading the way of so many Liverpool matches this season, as the Bulgarians frustrated and annoyed with some deep, dogged defending, Gerrard chose his moment to give Houllier a new lease of Anfield life.
Federer, who has never won the title in Rome, admitted he chose his moments to serve and volley on the clay court to stroll to an easy win over Starace.
In the Points race, Scott (inset) chose his moments carefully to attack just three sprints, from which he amassed a total of six points to finish fifth overall.