play the waiting game

play the waiting game

To postpone or delay a decision or course of action so as to first see what might happen or what one's opponent(s) might do. The market is rather tumultuous at the moment, so I think we're better off playing the waiting game rather than making any hasty decisions. The prosecution is playing the waiting game to see if the defendant will change her mind about taking the plea bargain.
See also: game, play, waiting
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RANGERS have been forced to play the waiting game by UEFA over a date for the first leg of their Euro clash with St Joseph's despite agreeing with their opponents to play in Gibraltar next Tuesday.
Oran Kearney admits he has been left frustrated by the transfer market after being forced to play the waiting game.
After Eldorado took care of Johnston City to the tune of 46-14 in the regular season finale, the Eagles now play the waiting game for another 24 hours to see who they will face in the first round of the IHSA playoffs.
HAVING finally started his Birmingham City career, Rhoys Wiggins accepts he might have to continue to play the waiting game.
HAVING finally started his Blues career, Rhoys Wiggins accepts he might have to continue to play the waiting game.
Rafa Benitez admits he can only play the waiting game and pray for an Everton win at the Staidum of Light next week after Newcastle United failed to grasp their chance at Villa Park .
NEWCASTLE UNITED would have to play the waiting game if they want to appoint Thomas Tuchel as head coach.
ROBERTO MARTINEZ is prepared to play the waiting game this summer in his pursuit of star striker Romelu Lukaku.
And it means the Welsh ace has been forced to play the waiting game before beginning a racing schedule that will culminate in defending the world title in Moscow in August.
Chelsea and Manchester City are monitoring the situation but Walcott, who has not been a regular first choice this season, said: "I have to play the waiting game for now.
He added that the BJP was ready to play the waiting game till the likely probe by the Central Bureu of Investigations (CBI) takes shape.
He (Misbah) has to realise that he cant play the waiting game in one-day cricket.
"The players are considering their options so you have to be prepared to play the waiting game.
Abu Dhabi While Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are bound to continue their tussle at the top of the rankings, players like Great Britain's Andy Murray will have to play the waiting game before stepping into a higher realm, according to former world number one Ilie Nastase.
MARK HUGHES is prepared to play the waiting game in an attempt to snare SAMUEL ETO'O and CARLOS TEVEZ.