waiting game

noun
a stratagem in which action on a matter is reserved for or postponed to a later time, allowing one to wait for a more advantageous time to act or to see what develops in the meantime.

Origin:
1885–90

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waiting game
 
n
the postponement of action or decision in order to gain the advantage

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waiting game

see play a waiting game.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
T cells over three days, and then the waiting game began.
If it points toward life, the legal waiting game continues, sometimes well
  beyond seven years.
The endless waiting game is over: no waiting for a rented car, tee time, or
  tennis court.
It is a waiting game out there along the parade route of cures and declines.
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