bide (one's) time

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bide (one's) time

To delay some action until an ideal moment or situation reveals itself. I'm just biding my time in an office job until a tenure-track position opens up at one of the local colleges.
See also: bide, time

bide one's time

to wait patiently. I've been biding my time for years, just waiting for a chance like this. He's not the type just to sit there and bide his time. He wants some action now.
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bide one's time

Wait for the opportune moment, as in The cat sat in front of the mousehole, biding its time. This phrase employs the verb to bide in the sense of "to wait for," a usage dating from about a.d. 950 and surviving mainly in this locution.
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bide your time

wait quietly for a good opportunity.
Bide in the sense of await is now only found in this expression. It has been superseded by abide in most of its other senses.
1991 Gillian Slovo The Betrayal And so he bided his time, waiting, plotting, planning, looking for the signs that would be good for him.
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bide your ˈtime

wait for a suitable opportunity to do something: She’s just biding her time until the right job comes along.
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bide (one's) time

To wait for further developments.
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References in classic literature ?
If possible, he would harm the whole of England if he could, but he would bide his time.
He turned his face to the wall as if resolved to grimly bide his time.
Some day he would overhaul his quarry--he could bide his time in peace until that day dawned.
However, he finally persuaded Usanga to bide his time for a few more days of instruction, but in the suspicious mind of the Negro there was a growing conviction that the white man's advice was prompted by some ulterior motive; that it was in the hope of escaping with the machine himself by night that he refused to admit that Usanga was entirely capable of handling it alone and therefore in no further need of help or instruction, and so in the mind of the black there formed a determination to outwit the white man.
Boxtel heard him give the order, and saw the sentry-box put up that very day; but he deemed himself lucky in not having been suspected, and, being more than ever incensed against the successful horticulturist, he resolved to bide his time.
Summary: Advisers recommended he bide his time before making such a move
At times in his North Wales career, he has had to bide his time and has had spells out on loan.
Leighton had to bide his time and I'm sure at times he wondered whether he'd made the right decision to come to the club.
At 19, the Donabate lad is still an amateur and is happy to bide his time before turning pro.
AJINKYA Rahane ( right) will have to put in hard yards, keep scoring lots of runs, remain positive, and bide his time for a place in the Indian T20 XI that's already packed with established batsmen, says former Sri Lanka batsman Russel Arnold.
Gregg Wylde is happy to bide his time to get into the Aberdeen side - because at least he knows he will get his chance.
SION BENNETT might have shone as Wales Under-20s reached the final of this summer's Junior World Championship in France, but he's prepared to bide his time at the Scarlets.
Houston swooped to take the midfielder from Sligo Rovers in January and the 27-year-old had to bide his time before making his break into the top team near the end of last season.
However Baines accepts that Cole's impressive form for club and country, with the Chelsea man having recently lifted the Champions League trophy, has made it harder than ever for him to feature - and he is prepared to bide his time.
NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew will bide his time as he prepares to appoint a new captain and hand over the famous number nine shirt.