waiting in the wings


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waiting in the wings

Fig. ready or prepared to do something, especially to take over someone else's job or position. Mr. Smith retires as manager next year, and Mr. Jones is just waiting in the wings. Jane was waiting in the wings, hoping that a member of the hockey team would drop out and she would get a place on the team.
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Unlike Coward's final work, Song at Twilight, an unusually (for him) frank portrait of an aging gay writer blackmailed over some old love letters to a boyfriend, Waiting in the Wings isn't likely to alter anyone's assessment of the playwright a jot.
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