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I can help retrieve
But I cause great loss
I wait, but not too long
Communication is key

What word am I?

Hint:

Patterns

Hint 2:

Attached to other words

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Is it the

Black Box of the airplanes (or other transportation)?

I can help retrieve

Retrives all important data after an accident

But I cause great loss

Result of a major accident. Although Black Box itself does not cause it

I wait, but not too long

Black Box retrieval has time limit. It becomes non functional after a few months.

Communication is key

Data in the box is the communication for the cause of the accident.

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  • $\begingroup$ Great answer, but not exactly what I had in mind :) $\endgroup$
    – TMK
    Commented Apr 9, 2022 at 15:05
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Are you

TNT / explosives?

I can help retrieve

You can get access to things that are blocked (like a collapsed cave).

But I cause great loss

You can do a lot of damage with it

I wait, but not too long

It has a fuse, once lit it will wait some time before exploding

Communication is key

You have to make sure nobody is nearby when setting it of

hint

You have to place it in a certain pattern to have a controlled explosion. (Does not fit as nice as the other anwsers)

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  • $\begingroup$ You made this fit so well! I'm impressed, and also regretting not adding more lines to the riddle. $\endgroup$
    – TMK
    Commented Apr 13, 2022 at 18:23
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Is it

Morse Code

I can help retrieve

Morse code is used to communicate, the standard Morse S.O.S. can help retrieve people in dangerous situations.

But I cause great loss

Morse code, if not understood by someone, can just be ignored and cause a disaster for the author of the message.

I wait, but not too long

Between letters, or even words, one must wait to properly understand, or transmit information (some professionals barely need to do so though)

Communication is key

Morse code is used for communication, and the devices used to transmit morse are called keys

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  • $\begingroup$ Closer to my intended answer, props for making it fit with the hint too. $\endgroup$
    – TMK
    Commented Apr 13, 2022 at 18:24

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