Definition of waiting game in English:

waiting game

noun

  • A tactic in which one refrains from action for a time in order to act more effectively at a later date or stage.

    ‘policemen were playing a waiting game outside a country cottage’
    • ‘New Leeds midfielder, Seth Johnson, says he is learning to play the waiting game following his recent big-money move.’
    • ‘‘After this weekend, it's just an awful waiting game for the family,’ Laura added.’
    • ‘The waiting game Veronica was playing with him - no, with the entire class - was driving them all nuts.’
    • ‘I've done all I can and it's just a waiting game now.’
    • ‘And while some have preferred to opt for the waiting game, there are those who are hoping that they will benefit from the absence of the big players.’
    • ‘The Chancellor is prepared to play a waiting game.’
    • ‘The life of a test driver is very much a waiting game - poised for the chance, should one of the F1 drivers be forced to pull out, to get in the hot-seat on race-day.’
    • ‘I'd waited several days for the aircraft to arrive, the first of many ‘waiting games’ that would see me pacing airfields around the US.’
    • ‘Mr Conroy did not think Carlow was a ‘hard sell’ to foreign companies, rather, it was a waiting game and they had to find the right company.’
    • ‘He says he'll do what's in the best interests of the Party, but some observers believe the Democrats could be playing a long-term waiting game.’
    • ‘But City boss Nigel Worthington is happy to play the waiting game until the Clarets striker recovers from the eye injury that has ruled him out of the start of the league season.’
    • ‘This waiting game is a true lesson in powerlessness, and I don't like it.’
    • ‘Cutting down on the thunderous drives, he reined himself in, played the waiting game to perfection and showed great wisdom in shot selection.’
    • ‘He is playing a waiting game on the buy-back for reasons connected with the company's financial strength and, in particular, its capital ratios.’
    • ‘As a result, hostage takings generally became a waiting game for the inevitable bloody ‘rescue’ by special forces.’
    • ‘Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Australia are playing a tense waiting game.’
    • ‘It is just a case of playing the waiting game and hopefully getting a phone call to say he is OK.’
    • ‘But despite the uncertainty, the troops quickly dismissed suggestions that the waiting game may leave them unprepared if the call to arms comes.’
    • ‘So far, analysts say, Iran has chosen to play a waiting game.’
    • ‘‘It is just a waiting game now,’ added Mr Waller, who is also the father of twin boys, Adam and Joe, aged three.’

Pronunciation

waiting game

/ˈwādiNG ˌɡām//ˈweɪdɪŋ ˌɡeɪm/