Definition of bide one's time in English:

bide one's time


dialect, archaic
  • Wait quietly for a good opportunity to do something.

    ‘she patiently bided her time before making an escape bid’
    • ‘The shadow watched and waited, patiently biding his time.’
    • ‘He wanted them to wait and bide their time until something really big and juicy came up at the right price.’
    • ‘They quite rightly don't want to be seen to be desperate for an acquisition, and are apparently willing to bide their time, waiting for the right opportunity.’
    • ‘The forward moved the ball back and forth with his stick, biding his time, waiting.’
    • ‘I waited him out, biding my time until he sent all of his men away to scour the docks for any watchers.’
    • ‘I often tell people who are troubled by their perception of the unfair (in their terms) actions of others, or systems, that all they have to do is bide their time and watch and wait.’
    • ‘He was biding his time, he was waiting for the perfect chance to escape.’
    • ‘I'll bide my time, wait for the weather to improve and for my strength to build up.’
    • ‘The man had been quietly biding his time in the shady far corner of the bar with a pack of cigarettes and his tie undone.’
    • ‘So I continued to bide my time, hoping, waiting, praying for salvation.’
    • ‘Rich listened obligingly, biding his time as he waited for the right opportunity.’
    • ‘That there are dark undertones to everything, that bide their time and lie in wait for the unfortunate and unwary.’
    • ‘He bided his time and waited for a project that he really wanted to do.’
    • ‘Whenever I find a frogfish, the fate of my dive would be sealed - I will remain in that one spot, patiently biding my time for the perfect shot.’
    • ‘The evacuation had been steady and orderly but authorities said that was because many people were biding their time, waiting to see the latest forecasts before heading out.’
    • ‘Most times, you have to play for the middle of the green, bide your time and wait for a chance to be aggressive.’
    • ‘We will be back with another bill, and we will bide our time and find the opportunity to present that bill to both the House and the Senate.’
    • ‘But he'd already discovered that appearing too much out of character would raise serious suspicions, so he had to simply bide his time and wait for the opportunity.’
    • ‘For months I've been biding my time, waiting for that all important moment when I could make my strike.’
    • ‘But I knew I would find my path eventually, so I merely bided my time and waited until it would be revealed to me.’
    stand by, hold back, be patient, bide one's time, hang fire, mark time, kill time, waste time, cool one's heels, kick one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs
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