waiting in the wings


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waiting in the wings

Fig. ready or prepared to do something, especially to take over someone else's job or position. Mr. Smith retires as manager next year, and Mr. Jones is just waiting in the wings. Jane was waiting in the wings, hoping that a member of the hockey team would drop out and she would get a place on the team.
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In order justify the capital expenditure, molders in the past needed the promise of a long job run, or at least the knowledge of having another job waiting in the wings to utilize the capacity of the press," says Eller.
In Waiting in the Wings, Noel Coward makes mischief in a retirement home for actresses
Waiting in the Wings * Written by Noel Coward * Directed by Michael Langham * Starring Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris * Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City
Unlike Coward's final work, Song at Twilight, an unusually (for him) frank portrait of an aging gay writer blackmailed over some old love letters to a boyfriend, Waiting in the Wings isn't likely to alter anyone's assessment of the playwright a jot.
Except that in the movie version of Stage Door, Katharine Hepburn represented starlets hurtling through the revolving door to get into show business, while the gals in Waiting in the Wings are moving in the opposite direction.
The third and final part of the book concentrates on the conditionality used by the Union in respect of countries waiting in the wings to join the Union, specifically concentrating on the issue of minority protection as well as the democratisation process in Turkey.