wait on/wait for
In some dialects it’s common to say that you’re waiting on people or events when in standard English we would say you’re waiting for them. Waiters wait on people, so it’s all right to say “I’m tired of waiting on you hand and foot”; but you shouldn’t say “I’m waiting on you down here at the police station; bring the bail money so I can come home.”
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