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verb (intr, preposition)

to be a member of (a committee, etc)
informal to suppress
informal to check or rebuke

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Idioms and Phrases with sit on

sit on

Also, sit upon.

1

Confer about or deliberate over, as in Another attorney was called to sit on the case. [Mid-1400s]

2

Suppress or repress, as in I know they were sitting on some evidence. [Early 1900s]

3

Postpone action or resolution regarding, as in I don't know why the city council is sitting on their decision. [Early 1900s]

4

Rebuke sharply, reprimand, as in If he interrupts one more time I'm going to sit on him. [Slang; second half of 1800s]

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