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play a 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 so tumultuous at the moment that I think we're better off playing a waiting game, rather than making any hasty decisions. The prosecution is playing a waiting game to see if the defendant will change her mind about taking the plea bargain.
See also: game, play, waiting

play a/the waiting game

to delay doing something so that you can see what happens or what other people do first Those investors who are willing to play the waiting game may find it to their advantage.
See also: game, play, waiting

play a waiting game

Delay an action or decision so as to force an opponent to move or to gain additional information. For example, The lawyer advised her to play a waiting game and see if her husband would come up with more alimony . [Late 1800s]
See also: game, play, waiting