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.


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  • 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 * * * bide your time : to wait… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — [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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