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    #1

    wait in the wings

    There´s always somebody waiting in the wings.
    Can this expression have either a positive or a negative connotation?
    In the example above, is the idea complete?

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    Re: wait in the wings

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    There's always somebody waiting in the wings.
    Neither positive nor negative, it's neutral. Meaning:
    There's always somebody ready to take over.

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    Re: wait in the wings

    If there is a couple going steady, and a third wheel who wants to interfere with the relationship (or only put a hex on it) and become the lucky one, can I say that he´s waiting in the wings?

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    Re: wait in the wings

    If he is waiting to take over the spot of being the boyfriend, then he is waiting in the wings. A gentleman would wait quietly and patiently.

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    Re: wait in the wings

    Just to help you understand the expression, the "wings" are the parts of the stage that are to the left and right of what the audience can see.

    Someone who is waiting in the wings can be there with two purposes: He can be the "understudy" who goes on stage if the main actor is sick or otherwise unable to perform, or he can be waiting for his entrance.

    If you use this as a metaphor, the person can be waiting to take over, or can be waiting if he's needed. It's probably the first case, but I can create a situation in which someone who is ready to offer assistance if necessary is waiting in the wings.

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