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holding pattern

1. Literally, of an aircraft, a continuous, generally circular flight pattern over an airport, as while awaiting clearance to land. Due to a security breach in the airport, our plane was kept in a holding pattern for nearly 45 minutes.
2. A state or condition of inactivity or stagnancy, leading to little or no change, advancement, or development. Relying solely on derivative sequels, many feel that the video game company has been in a holding pattern in recent years
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Other findings, consistent with the holding pattern, are as follows:
In the distance, a jumbo jet takes off from Newark; others circle in a holding pattern, awaiting clearance to land.
The pilot had been so concerned during the incident that he put the aircraft into a holding pattern on its approach until he was sure it was safe to land.
The crew of the Boeing 767-200 turned towards the coast where it entered a holding pattern to burn off excess fuel.
The flight was then cleared to descend to 6,000ft where the crew entered a holding pattern for about 20 minutes.
After a request from the captain to be allowed to land quickly without being put in a holding pattern, the Boeing returned safely to Manchester.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking for March 8-10 suggests that American consumers are in a holding pattern for the moment, becoming neither more positive nor more negative about the economy than previously indicated.
The NAV monitored altitudes, headings, holding pattern, and air traffic using flight instruments, and weather radar.
The Northern New Jersey office market will register some positive improvement in vacancy this year, but overall the market remains in a holding pattern as limited job growth is producing tepid space demand, according to a report by Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Company.
Obviously, UCLA, like a lot of schools, is in a holding pattern waiting for the outcome of the BCS,'' UCLA spokesman Marc Dellins said.
A Haneda airport official said that no injuries were reported and the aircraft, carrying 270 passengers, made a normal landing after going into a holding pattern, reports Reuters.
The case is currently in a holding pattern while the nightclub and its insurance carrier, Clarendon America Insurance Co.
Oregon Ballet Theatre's March 2000 concerts at the Portland Civic Auditorium revealed a pared-down company stuck in a holding pattern, making do and waiting for better times.
Online Ad Optimizer PubMatic Issues July Ad Pricing Index that Mirrors Economy's Holding Pattern