wait and see

wait and see

wait and see Expression anglaise signifiant attendez et voyez, utilisée pour exhorter à la patience.

wait and see [wɛtɛ̃ndsi] n. m.
ÉTYM. XXe; expression angl., « attendre (wait) et voir (see) ».
Anglic. Polit. Politique qui consiste à attendre les développements d'une situation, les actes d'une entité internationale, avant de réagir, de prendre des décisions (lorsqu'il s'agit d'un pays anglo-saxon, notamment de la Grande-Bretagne). || Respectueux « des traditions attentistes du Quai d'Orsay, M. Jobert répond en traduisant à sa manière le “wait and see” britannique (…) » (l'Express, 7 mai 1973, p. 84). || « Le département d'État (américain) qui préconisait le wait and see » (le Nouvel Obs., 22 mai 1982, p. 41).

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