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wait around

To remain in some location or state while waiting for someone to do something or for something to happen. I'm waiting around the house until the doctor calls with the results of the test. Look, I understand that you're trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, but I'm not just going to wait around until then! I've got my own life that I want to lead. You can come with me if you want, but you'll be waiting around in the car most of the time while I do my errands.
See also: around, wait

wait for (someone or something)

To be in a state of expectation or anticipation for someone or something to arrive or for something to happen. Look, I'm not just going to hang around waiting for you to figure out what you want to do with your life—I've got my own dreams and aspirations. We're waiting for the weather to clear up before we start the game. I've been waiting for the bus for nearly an hour.
See also: for, wait
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wait (around) (for someone or something)

to stay somewhere until something happens or someone or something arrives. I'll wait around for you for an hour or so. I don't want to wait around.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Or perhaps we are made to wait because we are not yet adequately prepared to receive what God wants to give us.
Patients at the Trust were most likely to face long waits for urodynamics, which tests bladder functioning, with 25.9 per cent of patients on the list in May having waited longer than six weeks, while 8 per cent were waiting longer than six weeks for CT scans, and 2.8 per cent waiting longer than six weeks for MRIs.
At the Royal Wolverhampton, there were 1,016 waits of 12 hours or more in 2017/18, compared to just 11 in 2011/12, while the Dudley Group has seen long waits increase nearly five-fold in a year.
By JEZ HEMMING Daily Post Reporter jez.hemming@trinitymirror.com PATIENTS are too scared to speak up about long waits for treatment in case they are penalised according to a health watchdog boss.
The long wait for Gymkhana is also blamed on the overcrowding done in the name of " green card holders", who were earlier dependents of primary members and now grown up adults above 21 years.
Burris, represented by attorney Jeremy Hutchinson, claimed in a complaint filed in June that Wait "negligently and unreasonably altered his property" and that caused damage to Burris' property.
However in Dorset, Dudley and north-east London the average wait was 20 days.
The target is for no patients to wait longer than eight weeks for such tests - but at present nearly a quarter of patients (22.6%) are.
NSW/ACT chief executive Andrew McKinnon said the wait for an appointment with an ophthalmologist was compounded by the further wait of one to two years for elective surgery.
Official figures have revealed that 7000 people had to wait more than four hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer between December 23 and January 6, while 291 waited more than 12 hours.
In purchase situations, customers often need to wait for products and services.
Increased wait time for muscle invasive bladder cancer treatment has been demonstrated to detrimentally affect tumour stage.[sup.7] Waiting up to 3 months for radical nephrectomy does not appear to affect outcome, however there may be a bias towards treating more ominous-looking tumours sooner.[sup.8] Although the data are less clear regarding prostate cancer,[sup.9] waiting for such surgeries has negative effects on a patient's quality of life.[sup.10]
Zechariah waits as does Elizabeth; Anna and Simeon wait and see the answer to all their waiting in the child whom Mary and Joseph present in the temple.
I stand at the till and wait and wait until someone notices that there is a queue all the way round the shop and calls for assistance.