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holding pattern


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually circular pattern flown by aircraft awaiting clearance to land at an airport.
  • n. Informal A state of waiting or delay; a static situation: environmental groups that wish to put oil exploration into a holding pattern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A path taken by an aircraft waiting to land.
  • n. Any failure to advance; useless or unproductive activity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of inaction with no progress and no change
  • n. the flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to land


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  • The stalemates could shift into a deeper holding pattern in August during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when the pace of daily life traditionally slows as the Islamic world observes a dawn-to-dusk fast and other customs such as temporary truces.

    Arab Spring hardening into summer of stalemates


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