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 It has been superseded by abide in most of its other senses.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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She told Robinson, who was making a Brexit documentary for tomorrow's Panorama, that some people could "bide their time and be bloody difficult when it really matters."
Both Boyle and O'Connor have had to bide their time since Alex Neil replaced Simon Grayson as boss during the summer.
The McLaren team were happy to bide their time over the previous three days of the rain-affected multi-team test as they concentrated on aero-mapping runs conducted at slower speeds.
An 11th-hour injury scare prompted connections to abandon plans for Nine De Sivola's scheduled comeback at Kelso today - and they have now elected to bide their time.
The gelding has not suffered from any injury concerns but is yet to sparkle at home, so connections have elected to bide their time.
These makeshift Romans bide their time by performing their fate.
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LEEDS UNITED appear poised to bide their time should they choose to go into administration.
He was commenting on an attack by Islamic extremists upon a Christian church in Asia: "[Muslims] don't have to kill us--we're doing it to ourselves." He went on to say that since Islamic nations are virtually the only ones with healthy birth rates, all they need do to secure global domination is to bide their time. Admittedly, it's not quite that simple, but he was exaggerating to make a point.
Irish Hussar and Mick Fitzgerald (left) bide their time before pouncing to take the novice chase from Ask Henry and Tony McCoy
Indeed, the forests become virtually fireproof for a time, and "the absence of long-established trees opens the forest to new species of plants and healthier versions of their own kind." Animals also adapt as they "bide their time until conditions are right, then rapidly increase after a big fire." Today, there are no signs of the supposed ecological disaster portrayed by so much of the media in 1988.
He is wanted for the murder charge, not just the gun offence, and officers will bide their time until he is arrested and charged for that."
CONNECTIONS of Light Shift will bide their time before deciding where the daughter of Kingmambo goes next.
Millar also has Gary Smyth, Darren Lockhart and Peter McCann available again, but after a spirited display in the first leg, they may have to bide their time.
CONNECTIONS of Vodafone Derby winner Motivator will bide their time before making a firm decision on the colt's next race.