waiting game

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waiting game

A situation where one postpones or delays a decision or course of action so as to first see what might happen or what one's opponent(s) might do. (Often used in the phrase "play a/the waiting game.") The prosecution has submitted a plea bargain to the defendant, so it's a bit of a waiting game at the moment to see if she will take it. 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.
See also: game, waiting

a waiting game


the waiting game

COMMON If you talk about a waiting game or the waiting game, you mean a situation in which someone delays making decisions or taking action because they are waiting to see how the situation develops. For now, it's a waiting game to see what they do next. We can see why Mr Jackson prefers the waiting game, keeping as many options open as possible. Note: People often say that they play a waiting game. I propose to play a waiting game, and hope that a few of the pieces of this puzzle will soon begin to fit together.
See also: game, waiting

a ˈwaiting game

a policy of delaying making a decision or doing something because this puts you in a stronger position: They’re playing a waiting game, delaying their offer until they know what the others are offering.
See also: game, waiting
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Having held off a little too long and now watching mortgage rates go up, people who had been playing the waiting game (to see if rates would somehow fall back) decided to jump in before more increases came along.
But Mezger says such negotiations could take years, and for now, like others, he'll play the waiting game.
Snow and Ice SNOW and ice Makes you think twice The concrete jungle Its a dangerous affair Snow and ice I can't get to work I can't do what I do I can stay warm I can give some help Snow and ice Makes you think twice See the children skating See the cars skidding When will it melt And turn to slush Snow and Ice Makes you think twice Up in the hills it is bad Frozen zones everywhere The big coats are out The grit lorries are out Its a waiting game In the city in the country Snow and ice Makes you think twice.
But the waiting game is a cruel twist for those already experiencing the loss of a loved one.
It's dragging on a bit, the baby is healthy so it's just a waiting game and we're getting a bit impatient - and I'll be playing the waiting game againn.
THE FA will play a waiting game on the FA Cup quarterfinal replay between Manchester United and Chelsea until the Blues' clash with Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Hope things are better in Russia, as we ourselves are well into the waiting game.