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Related to wait out: give it a shot, cut some slack, pick up on
wait something out
to wait until something ends. I will wait the summer out, and if nothing happens, I'll write again. I can wait out the storm inside.
wait somebody outalso wait out somebody
to allow time to go past until someone does something I have time and he doesn't, so I'll wait him out until he agrees to sell the business to me. She hoped to wait out her opponent, but that has not worked.
wait out somethingalso wait something out
to allow time to go past until something happens or ends Should we leave now or wait out the storm?
Delay until the end of something, as in They waited out the war in Paris. This expression comes from baseball, where it alludes to the batter refraining from swinging at pitches in the hope of being walked (getting to first base on balls). It was first recorded in 1909 and was transferred to other activities by the 1930s.
To delay until the termination of something: I waited out the war in the countryside. The baseball team waited the storm out and resumed playing an hour later.