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holding pattern

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