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a bag of tricks
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a combination of skills or techniques that can help in achieving one's goals
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more / another string to one's bow
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a variety of plans, ideas, etc. that one can use if need arises
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waiting game
/wˈeɪɾɪŋ ɡˈeɪm/
noun
a strategy in which one deliberately refrains from taking any action in order to gain advantage later on
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to weigh one's words
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to take a moment to ponder what one is about to say
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to kill two birds with one stone
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to achieve two goals at the same time only by taking one action
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to see which way the cat jumps
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to refrain from making a decision or taking any action until one acquires more data on the situation or how it develops
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velvet glove
/vˈɛlvɪt ɡlˈʌv/
noun
a very friendly and gentle manner that is used to hide one's firm determination or ruthless mindset
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pester power
/pˈɛstɚ pˈaʊɚ/
noun
the influence children have on their parents or caregivers to buy or do something through continuous requests, demands, or persuasion
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to speak softly and / but carry a big stick
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to approach situations calmly and diplomatically while also having the strength and power to take action if necessary
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the oldest trick in the book
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an overused method that may still succeed
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