verb (used with object), lau·reled, lau·rel·ing or (especially British) lau·relled, lau·rel·ling.
Origin of laurel
Related formsun·lau·reled, adjectiveun·lau·relled, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for rest on one's laurels
verb -rels, -relling or -relled or US -rels, -reling or -reled
Word Origin for laurel
Idioms and Phrases with rest on one's laurels (1 of 2)
rest on one's laurels
Rely on one's past achievements, especially as a way of avoiding the work needed to advance one's status. For example, Now that Julian's in his eighties, he's decided to rest on his laurels and let some of the younger agents do the work. This term alludes to the crown of laurels awarded in ancient times for a spectacular achievement. [Late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with rest on one's laurels (2 of 2)
see look to one's laurels; rest on one's laurels.