play the waiting game

play the waiting game

To postpone or delay a decision or course of action so as to first see what might happen or what one's opponent(s) might do. The market is rather tumultuous at the moment, so I think we're better off playing the waiting game rather than making any hasty decisions. The prosecution is playing the waiting game to see if the defendant will change her mind about taking the plea bargain.
See also: game, play, waiting
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NEWCASTLE UNITED would have to play the waiting game if they want to appoint Thomas Tuchel as head coach.
ROBERTO MARTINEZ is prepared to play the waiting game this summer in his pursuit of star striker Romelu Lukaku.
PATIENT Paul Anderson is prepared to play the waiting game over the fitness of Giants hooker Shaun Lunt.
And it means the Welsh ace has been forced to play the waiting game before beginning a racing schedule that will culminate in defending the world title in Moscow in August.
Every manager is after the same players and they can't all get them so it may pay off for Thistle to play the waiting game.
Chelsea and Manchester City are monitoring the situation but Walcott, who has not been a regular first choice this season, said: "I have to play the waiting game for now.
He added that the BJP was ready to play the waiting game till the likely probe by the Central Bureu of Investigations (CBI) takes shape.
He (Misbah) has to realise that he cant play the waiting game in one-day cricket.
BILLY Jones looked ahead to tonight's game at Everton admitting he was always likely to play the waiting game following his summer move to Albion.
The players are considering their options so you have to be prepared to play the waiting game.
Abu Dhabi While Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are bound to continue their tussle at the top of the rankings, players like Great Britain's Andy Murray will have to play the waiting game before stepping into a higher realm, according to former world number one Ilie Nastase.
MARK HUGHES is prepared to play the waiting game in an attempt to snare Samuel Eto'o and Carlos Tevez.
If Louise really does want to marry Shane at some point, there's only one course for her to follow: back off, cool down and play the waiting game.
The need to play the waiting game has been forced upon him by the transfer embargo at Portman Road.
Taxpayers must play the waiting game, however, since the IRS has indicated that it will provide further guidance on which expenses the INDIPCO rationale will apply to.