Definition of in wait in English:

in wait


  • Watching for an enemy or potential victim and preparing to attack them.

    ‘he decided to lie in wait for the thief’
    • ‘The viciousness of the invective makes it seem like they must have had their knives sharpened for a long time, laying in wait for your next book.’
    • ‘Gang members had followed them to the hospital and were lying in wait.’
    • ‘Lying in wait at so many of these turning points in Henman's career has been Canas.’
    • ‘They lay in wait for him on the York ring road, then rammed his car and attacked him with a monkey wrench.’
    • ‘There's no word as to when his trial will take place, although a specially built courtroom is sitting in wait at Guantanamo Bay.’
    • ‘I don't know what plans he had but he was probably hiding in wait for the lights in the house to go out so that he could break in.’
    • ‘But their plan was foiled by detectives who were sitting in wait near the Swissport cargo warehouse on May 17 last year.’
    • ‘Trouble arose after the final whistle when a gang of 200 to 300 Leeds supporters gathered outside in wait for Cardiff fans leaving the Elland Road stadium.’
    • ‘A gang of thugs who lay in wait before attacking a man with a baseball bat and an iron bar could strike again, say detectives.’
    • ‘Occasions that cried out for a drop-goal attempt, especially with Eric Elwood and McHugh in wait, were passed up, as Connacht went for broke.’