play the waiting game

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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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While Manipur went all out for an early goal, Bengal preferred to play sensibly and gained in confidence as they played the waiting game.
ROSS McGOWAN played the waiting game at Craigielaw yesterday as he powered into the lead after round one of the Scottish Open Amateur Strokeplay championship.
As for Wilkins, Phillips and Canyon have played the waiting game with their 6-6, 255-pound big man, patiently giving him the time he needed to develop.
Williamson has played the waiting game since taking over in December as caretaker boss from the axed Alex Totten.