wait turn

wait (one's) turn

To remain in patient expectation for one's designated time or place in a sequence (to do something). Now, now, kids—no pushing! Everyone must wait their turn! I've been waiting my turn for a promotion for years, but I'm starting to suspect that it may never come. You'll have to wait your turn to speak with the manager.
See also: turn, wait
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wait one's turn

Fig. to keep from doing something until everyone ahead of you has done it. You can't cross the intersection yet. You must wait your turn. I can't wait my turn. I'm in a tremendous hurry.
See also: turn, wait
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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