American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The stratagem of deferring action and allowing the passage of time to work in one's favor.
- n. idiomatic A strategy or course of action in which one or more parties refrain from direct action until circumstances change in their favor.
- n. a strategy of delay
“When Mr. Odo Russell called on Cavour in December 1858, he remarked that Austria had only to play a waiting game to wear out the financial resources of Piedmont, while, on the other hand, Piedmont would forfeit the sympathies of Europe if it precipitated matters by a declaration of war.”
“Of course it was the hardest job, the least popular, which was why Lepidus, given Lucius Antonius’s six legions, had scuttled off to Africa, there to play a waiting game and accumulate more troops.”
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