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in waiting

In attendance or accompaniment, especially as upon a royal or noble personage. The Duke sent one of his servants in waiting to admit his guests into the banquet hall.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in waiting

In attendance, especially on a royal personage. For example, The prelates who were in waiting asked him to take the last rites. This usage has become less common with the diminution of royalty and royal courts but still survives. [Late 1600s]
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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.

in waiting

In attendance, especially at a royal court.
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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.
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