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holding pattern

noun
1.
a traffic pattern for aircraft at a specified location (holding point) where they are ordered to remain until permitted to land or proceed.
2.
a state or period in which no progress or change is made or planned.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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British Dictionary definitions for holding-point

holding pattern

noun
1.
the oval or circular path of an aircraft flying around an airport awaiting permission to land
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holding pattern

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in a holding pattern


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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