holding pattern


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holding pattern

1. Literally, of an aircraft, a continuous, generally circular flight pattern over an airport, as while awaiting clearance to land. Due to a security breach in the airport, our plane was kept in a holding pattern for nearly 45 minutes.
2. A state or condition of inactivity or stagnancy, leading to little or no change, advancement, or development. Relying solely on derivative sequels, many feel that the video game company has been in a holding pattern in recent years
See also: holding, pattern

in a holding pattern

1. Literally, of an aircraft, in a continuous, generally circular flight pattern over an airport, as while awaiting clearance to land. Due to a security breach in the airport, our plane was kept in a holding pattern for nearly 45 minutes.
2. In a state or condition of inactivity or stagnancy, leading to little or no change, advancement, or development. Relying solely on derivative sequels, many feel that the video game company has been in a holding pattern in recent years.
See also: holding, pattern
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Having spent over an hour onboard a flight that was put into a holding pattern over Abu Dhabi before touching down, I must congratulate the airport on the creation of a logo that captures that sense of going round in circles again and again and again...
Acting general secretary Dr Adam Marshall said: "Our latest survey results suggest that the UK economy is in a holding pattern. While the picture is static overall, there are clear indications that economic growth is continuing to soften."
It's common for a student with whom I'm flying for the first time to ask if he/ she needs to fly a "full turn" around the holding pattern, or if it's okay to continue inbound on the approach once intercepting the inbound course.
Although the unit holding pattern is highly concentrated with top ten investors holding around 98% of fund's assets, comfort can be drawn from significant group/related party holdings.
Washington, July 29 (ANI): A new study has found that once fish evolve the size and speed needed to become top predators, natural selection keeps them in an evolutionary holding pattern, that is, they evolve more slowly.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Consumer attitudes are in a holding pattern at levels slightly better than in mid March, with 39% calling current economic conditions "poor" and just over 80% saying they are getting worse in Gallup Poll Daily tracking.