bide your time

bide your time phrase
to wait in a patient way for an opportunity to do something

She bided her time patiently, until the opportunity came to get her revenge.

Thesaurus: to delay action, wait or hesitatesynonym
Main entry: bide

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bide your time
: to wait for the right time before you do something

He is biding his time [=waiting for the right opportunity] before asking his parents for a loan.

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Main Entry:bide
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bide your time — see bide
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Main Entry:time

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bide your ˈtime idiom
to wait for the right time to do sth

He decided to bide his time until he got an opportunity to talk to her alone.

Main entry:bideidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • bide your time — bide (your) time to wait patiently for a good opportunity to do something. She was biding her time until she could get her revenge …   New idioms dictionary

  • bide your time —    If you bide your time, you wait for a good opportunity to do something.     He s not hesitating, he s just biding his time, waiting for the price to drop …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • bide your time — to wait in a patient way for an opportunity to do something She bided her time patiently, until the opportunity came to get her revenge …   English dictionary

  • bide — [baıd] v [: Old English; Origin: bidan] 1.) bide your time to wait until the right moment to do something ▪ They are stronger than us and can afford to bide their time. 2.) [i]old use to wait or stay somewhere, often for a long time = ↑abide …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bide time — bide (your) time to wait patiently for a good opportunity to do something. She was biding her time until she could get her revenge …   New idioms dictionary

  • bide — [ baıd ] verb intransitive an old word meaning to stay in a place bide your time to wait in a patient way for an opportunity to do something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • time — time1 W1S1 [taım] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(minutes/hours etc)¦ 2¦(on a clock)¦ 3¦(occasion)¦ 4¦(point when something happens)¦ 5¦(period of time)¦ 6¦(available time)¦ 7 all the time 8 most of the time 9 half the time 10 at tim …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • time — 1 /taIm/ noun TIME 1 (U) something that is measured in minutes, hours, years etc using clocks: a machine that can travel through time | The basic unit of time, the second, was redefined in 1967. | time passes/goes by: time goes by so quickly… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bide — verb past tense bode or bided 1 bide your time to wait until the right moment to do something: They are stronger than us and can afford to bide their time. 2 (I) old use to wait or stay somewhere, often for a long time …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bide — [[t]ba͟ɪd[/t]] bides, biding, bided PHRASE: V inflects If you bide your time, you wait for a good opportunity before doing something. He was content to bide his time patiently, waiting for the opportunity to approach her …   English dictionary

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