English version

holding pattern

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Air
holding patternˈholding ˌpattern noun [countable usually singular]  1 TTAthe path that an aircraft flies along while it is waiting for permission to land2 a situation in which you cannot act because you are waiting for the result of somethingin a holding pattern My career is in a holding pattern right now.
Examples from the Corpus
holding patternThe court case has been in a holding pattern, waiting for new charges.They begin to live with the illusion that their performance is static, in a holding pattern.In those cases, the company goes into a holding pattern.A holding pattern is simply a delaying procedure, like a train waiting at a signal.The plane was invited down from its holding pattern over Los Muertos Channel.in a holding patternThey begin to live with the illusion that their performance is static, in a holding pattern.
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