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holding pattern

noun
     
Related topics: Air
holding pattern [countable usually singular]
1TTA the path that an aircraft flies along while it is waiting for permission to land
2 a situation in which you cannot act because you are waiting for the result of something
My career is in a holding pattern right now.

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