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.
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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 It has been superseded by abide in most of its other senses.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 ?
When I had lived out the first agony, I could rely on myself--I could be patient, and bide my time.
For the rest, I put my trust, implicitly, in the spirit in which they have been conceived and penned; and I can bide my time.
Dwyer said: "Tony's backing me, I've just got to be patient and bide my time.
Their form is still strong together, as they showed against New Zealand, so there's still an element in my mind that I'll push hard and work hard, but I do also need to bide my time a bit as well.
That's what I have been doing, but Ashley is a top player so I will just bide my time and keep
I found it quite hard to get around him, so I decided to bide my time and go in the last 50 metres," said Thomas, after his shock success.
If more rain came and we have similar conditions as we had last time, we would seriously consider it but I'm just going to bide my time for a couple of days," said Nock.
My boss David Barron told me to bide my time, but I don't think he wanted me to be as far back as that.
But I have enjoyed being at this club for four years and I will just bide my time and hopefully get another chance.
Millar admits competition has become fierce for places in the Saints team, He said: "I might have to bide my time to get back but if I am selected I feel ready to come in and do a job.
I know I have to bide my time but the team is doing fantastic so I can't complain that I've not been picked.
I've had to bide my time but at last I've played - and played the full 90 minutes.
Of course you want to be playing but it's been a difficult year for me and the boys are doing well so I've got to bide my time.
I knew that I would have to be patient when I was suspended for the first game and that I might have to bide my time if the guys who came in did well.