Bide one’s time



Archaic. to endure; bear.
Obsolete. to encounter.
to dwell; abide; wait; remain.
bide one’s time, to wait for a favorable opportunity:
He wanted to ask for a raise, but bided his time.
verb bides, biding, bided, bode, bided
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to continue in a certain place or state; stay
(intransitive) (archaic or dialect) to live; dwell
(transitive) (archaic or dialect) to tolerate; endure
(Scot) bide a wee, to stay a little
(Scot) bide by, to abide by
bide one’s time, to wait patiently for an opportunity
v.
Wait for the opportune moment, as in The cat sat in front of the mousehole, biding its time. This phrase employs the verb to bide in the sense of “to wait for,” a usage dating from about a.d. 950 and surviving mainly in this locution.

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