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Noun: holding pattern
  1. A state of inaction with no progress and no change
    "you should go into a holding pattern until he gets over his disappointment"
  2. The flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to land

Derived forms: holding patterns

Type of: air lane, airway, flight path, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, skyway

Encyclopedia: Holding pattern