wait-and-see attitude

wait-and-see attitude

Fig. a skeptical attitude; an uncertain attitude in which someone will just wait to see what happens before reacting. John thought that Mary couldn't do it, but he took a wait-and-see attitude. His wait-and-see attitude seemed to indicate that he didn't really care what happened.
See also: attitude
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Many CPAs practicing in small firms appear to be taking a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to the proposed global credential.
Rather than assume the wait-and-see attitude of his father, he adopted an attitude of attacking his enemies, building Surrey House as a center for the new culture he espoused, and engaged in a "race for the succession" (334).
The skills required now are knowing how to convince sellers to recognize that buyers need an incentive in order to induce them to jump on a property instead of taking a wait-and-see attitude about both prices and interest rates.
Steven Sims, vice president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council's government relations office, is among those taking a wait-and-see attitude following the announcement.
They are kind of taking a wait-and-see attitude," said Sgt.
These findings suggest a wait-and-see attitude," said Susan L.
Merretta Palmer, a registered nurse in the emergency room and 24-year hospital employee, was taking a wait-and-see attitude to the newest and furriest worker on the hospital staff.
CPAs may, however, confront clients who have adopted passive, wait-and-see attitudes toward their companies' situations.