from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To delay until the end of; wait out: had to outwait the traffic jam.
- transitive v. To get the better of or overcome by refraining from action: sat back and decided to outwait my opponent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wait for something to end
- v. To gain an advantage by simply waiting
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lie in ambush longer than; surpass in waiting or expecting.
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He says the Taliban, who are indigenous to Afghanistan, are in a good position to come out on top because it can outwait “the enemy.”
"He has billions of dollars that he can use for a while; he can outwait the rebels," said Lisa Anderson, a Cairo-based Libya expert.
Abe, I always thought a government staffer could outwait an author who panics at the first flicker of a surge on his bunny monitor.
In other words, either trying to outwait the revolutionaries or imposing the Tiananmen solution risked the downfall of the economic empires of Egypt’s ruling groups.
She loved the throbbing, breathless anticipation of leisurely lovemaking, too—if she could manage to outwait him.
They believe they can outwork you, outwait you, and yes, out-organize you.
Ruhlmann had perhaps hoped to outwait Sparky or give her the silent treatment, but finally, he said, “I have a meeting outside the office at eleven-thirty.”
Whatever I had seemed like a bad spell that I had to outwait or at least get used to while I did my best to overcome it.
The Taliban can outwait the tenure of aid workers, diplomats and foreign troops and US and Afghan electoral cycles.
In some ways, they are the canaries in the coalmine of the current economic crisis: women who did everything right, but who lacked the resources to outwait the bureaucratic process.