bid one's time
- Misconstruction of bide one's time or bode one's time
1844, James Fenimore Cooper, Lucy Hardinge, British title of Miles Wallingford edition, A. and W. Galignani, chapter II, page 26:
- It is wonderful with what far-sighted patience one of these wretches will bid his time, in order to effect a favourite acquisition.
2008 September 1, Associated Press, “McCain: Hurricane defense OK, could be better”, in USA Today:
- [Election 2008.] As anxious Republican delegates bid their time, President Bush on Monday headed for Texas, a state threatened by Hurricane Gustav.