waiting game

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waiting game

A situation where one postpones or delays a decision or course of action so as to first see what might happen or what one's opponent(s) might do. (Often used in the phrase "play a/the waiting game.") The prosecution has submitted a plea bargain to the defendant, so it's a bit of a waiting game at the moment to see if she will take it. 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.
See also: game, waiting

a waiting game


the waiting game

COMMON If you talk about a waiting game or the waiting game, you mean a situation in which someone delays making decisions or taking action because they are waiting to see how the situation develops. For now, it's a waiting game to see what they do next. We can see why Mr Jackson prefers the waiting game, keeping as many options open as possible. Note: People often say that they play a waiting game. I propose to play a waiting game, and hope that a few of the pieces of this puzzle will soon begin to fit together.
See also: game, waiting

a ˈwaiting game

a policy of delaying making a decision or doing something because this puts you in a stronger position: They’re playing a waiting game, delaying their offer until they know what the others are offering.
See also: game, waiting
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But the waiting game is a cruel twist for those already experiencing the loss of a loved one.
It's dragging on a bit, the baby is healthy so it's just a waiting game and we're getting a bit impatient - and I'll be playing the waiting game againn.
FC HALIFAX and Brighouse Town are both playing the waiting game as they pursue promotion challenges.
THE FA will play a waiting game on the FA Cup quarterfinal replay between Manchester United and Chelsea until the Blues' clash with Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
GUUS HIDDINK has no intention of playing a waiting game in Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Anfield against Liverpool tomorrow.
Hope things are better in Russia, as we ourselves are well into the waiting game.
Cassell learned how to deal with the waiting game when he won two NBA titles with the Houston Rockets between 1993 and '95.
While Blues boss Jeffrey may be excited at having Charnock back he continues to play a waiting game.
A Whitehall source said: 'All we can do is play a waiting game
ENGLAND'S patient waiting game continued tonight over potential fall-out from the Dan Luger 16th player saga.
Rossi played a waiting game behind early leader Barros before the Repsol Honda rider swept by to delight the Assen crowd.
Having held off a little too long and now watching mortgage rates go up, people who had been playing the waiting game (to see if rates would somehow fall back) decided to jump in before more increases came along.
But Mezger says such negotiations could take years, and for now, like others, he'll play the waiting game.
We have structured this business offer as a win-win situation so that firms avoid a waiting game with a series of payments," says Spectrum's CEO Howard Yellen.