lie in wait

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lie in wait (for someone or something)

Fig. to stay still and hidden, waiting for someone or something. Bob was lying in wait for Anne so he could scold her about something. The assassin lay in wait for his target to approach.
See also: lie, wait

lie in wait

Remain hidden while preparing to attack, as in The opposition was quietly lying in wait for the incumbent to make his first big mistake. This expression originally alluded to physical attacks and is now often used figuratively. [Mid-1400s] Also see lay for.
See also: lie, wait

lie in ˈwait

hide and wait for somebody so that you can attack them: The police think the murderer must have been lying in wait for his victim.
See also: lie, wait
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As a result, Lott said, some hospitals have set up priorities for ER patients, resulting in waits of up to eight hours for some patients with those illnesses.