- to wait for the perfect moment to do something
- to kill time while the most opportune moment arrives
- to wait in a patient manner
- usually used in a positive way to show something wonderful is about to happen but is commonly used as a sarcastic comment too
- The big tiger bide time until the zebra had to make its way to the water fountain and then struck.
- He is just bidding time until the death sentence is executed.
- I like to bide my time and get the cake out at the stroke of midnight, every year on my wife’s birthday.
- He is bidding time until he has to start college, then he will be very active in the social circle.
- She has been bidding her time for several months now for an opportunity as great as this one.
- He does not like to bide his time and wait for the action, he is a go getter.
- The wild cat sat quietly in front of the rabbit’s hiding place, biding his time.
This is considered an American origin phrase with no source for a literary first use. The speculation is, however, that the phrase is converted from a literal meaning of bidding one’s time, which is presently synonym with waiting, either patiently, eagerly or in a dreaded manner.