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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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 It has been superseded by abide in most of its other senses.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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bide (one's) time

To wait for further developments.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bide one's time, to

To wait for the right moment to speak or take action. The verb to bide, meaning “to wait for” since about the year 950, survives today only in this cliché. Frederick W. Robertson used the expression in a sermon (1853): “They bide their time and suddenly represent themselves.”
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Coyote 585M traveled approximately 280 km until he established two biding areas south of Greenville, NC (Fig.
Coyote 490M had greater daily movements as a transient than as a resident, whereas 585M had increased daily movements during periods of transiency than when he resided in a biding area (Table 1).
ISLAMABAD -- The Chief Justice of Pakistan on Tuesday decided to fix the case regarding the biding process for awarding contract for the construction of Dasu dam to a three-member SC bench and adjourned hearing of the case till July 27.
The division bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the case filed by China Power Construction Company seeking stay order against the biding process for awarding contract for the construction of Dasu dam.
But I'm biding my time and looking to take my chance when I get back in."
LAHORE, June 22, 2010 (Frontier Star): Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has directed the officials of Punjab Privatization Board (PPB) to auction the public property through proper assessment & advertisement, open biding in transparent manners.
He said open biding for the privatization will be offered and complete transparency will be insured in the whole process.