bide your time

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 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 It has been superseded by abide in most of its other senses.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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References in classic literature ?
(2) If there is an outbreak of fire, but the enemy's soldiers remain quiet, bide your time and do not attack.
munn Initially, front man Liam Fray didn't say much to the crowd aside from the odd Hey Liverpool, but he took a minute to announce that they were about to perform a song the band hadn't yet played on this tour - fan favourite, Bide Your Time.
It's hard to choose a best moment at such an incredible gig but the moment the opening notes of Bide Your Time were heard is up there with my favourite memories ever.
And Boyle - the ex-Dundalk centre-back - said: "It can be tough at times, you've got to be patient and bide your time, wait for an opportunity.
Through his solo show, Bide Your Time, which opened at the Elysium Gallery in Swansea last night, the multidisciplinary artist from West Wales refers to his status as a seemingly under or overqualified job-seeker.
He said: "It's easy to say, 'bide your time' the way the selection process goes at times, but he does need to and then hope that when he comes in he can play well."
'We want to keep a good spirit in the squad and at times that means having to bide your time.'
Personally I am a great fan of revenge, which can be very sweet of you just bide your time and chose your moment.
You have to bide your time in this game and remember that the cream always rises to the top.