Synonyms of holding pattern
- 1. holding pattern, inaction, inactivity, inactiveness
- usage: a state of inaction with no progress and no change; "you should go into a holding pattern until he gets over his disappointment"
- 2. holding pattern, air lane, flight path, airway, skyway
- usage: the flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to land
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