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I heard this phrase in the TV show Grimm. Does it mean that I'll wait until you come out of the house?

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What was the context in which it was used in the show? If your statement about the context is correct, then you have answered your question yourself. (Not everyone gets to see NBC: is there a link you can give to an online video of it? Don't forget to give the timestamp where the phrase appears) –  Andrew Leach Nov 14 '13 at 11:05
    
@AndrewLeach in the scene, one guy was in a house and another guy was outside. The latter said I'll wait out. They both had guns. I can't find a cut of these scene –  Dunno Nov 14 '13 at 12:27
    
You say in your question what it means, so what is the question? –  Matt Эллен Nov 14 '13 at 14:26
    
@MattЭллен there's a question mark there –  Dunno Nov 14 '13 at 15:17

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No, that's not the basic meaning, though that could well be the implication in this particular case. It's just coincidence here that the transparent idiom 'wait out' has a particle (out) where the prepositional use is obviously not impossible. Contrast

'Let's wait the storm out in the hotel'.

The basic senses are:

wait something out: to wait until something ends

[McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.]

wait somebody out also wait out somebody: to allow time to go past until someone does something

[usually as an alternative to intervening in an undesired situation – or at least indicating that patience is being exercised]

[Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]

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This is a good answer. I think that there can also sometimes be an element of putting the person who is being waited out under siege—that is, waiting nearby until the person is forced to come out by necessity—although that sense is more forcefully expressed by the phrase "starve [somebody] out." –  Sven Yargs Nov 14 '13 at 19:50

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