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sit back

(intransitive, adverb) to relax, as when action should be taken: many people just sit back and ignore the problems of today
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  • She has it all arranged, girls; all we have to do is to sit back and let wisdom flow in our ears.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • This money gives me a chance to sit back and do what I please for a while.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • He forced himself to sit back, his hands away from the controls.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • So you sit back and let Brent Taber play whatever game he's got in mind.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • Why did they sit back and let them grow as they pleased, Gib?

    Control Group Roger Dee
Idioms and Phrases with sit back

sit back

Relax, as in Now that the work's finished, we can just sit back.
Refrain from interfering or taking part, as in Mom and Dad just sat back and watched Meg try to decide whether or not she should tell on her friends. [ Mid-1900s ]
Also see: sit by
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