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wait out

Delay until the end of something, as in They waited out the war in Paris. This expression comes from baseball, where it alludes to the batter refraining from swinging at pitches in the hope of being walked (getting to first base on balls). It was first recorded in 1909 and was transferred to other activities by the 1930s.
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  • Every minute we wait out here, we give them a chance to get ready for us.

    Black Star's Campaign Johnston McCulley
  • I ought to have known better than to wait out there so long.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Maybe not now—it must be too long—but they were meant to wait out a period and be restored.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • He had to land and wait out the storm—if he could find a place to land.

    Bolden's Pets F. L. Wallace
  • "You'll have to wait out here a while; I have a case here," he told her in a voice which held a note of endurance.

    The Wishing-Ring Man Margaret Widdemer
  • They built attack-proof shelters in the trees and settled down to wait out the winter.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin

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