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 last night playing a waiting game outside the cottage’
    • ‘Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Australia are playing a tense waiting game.’
    • ‘But despite the uncertainty, the troops quickly dismissed suggestions that the waiting game may leave them unprepared if the call to arms comes.’
    • ‘The waiting game Veronica was playing with him - no, with the entire class - was driving them all nuts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a result, hostage takings generally became a waiting game for the inevitable bloody ‘rescue’ by special forces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cutting down on the thunderous drives, he reined himself in, played the waiting game to perfection and showed great wisdom in shot selection.’
    • ‘So far, analysts say, Iran has chosen to play a waiting game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've done all I can and it's just a waiting game now.’
    • ‘The Chancellor is prepared to play a waiting game.’
    • ‘‘After this weekend, it's just an awful waiting game for the family,’ Laura added.’
    • ‘‘It is just a waiting game now,’ added Mr Waller, who is also the father of twin boys, Adam and Joe, aged three.’
    • ‘New Leeds midfielder, Seth Johnson, says he is learning to play the waiting game following his recent big-money move.’
    • ‘It is just a case of playing the waiting game and hopefully getting a phone call to say he is OK.’
    • ‘This waiting game is a true lesson in powerlessness, and I don't like it.’

Pronunciation

waiting game