sit out


verb (adverb)

(tr) to endure to the endI sat out the play although it was terrible
(tr) to remain seated throughout (a dance, etc)
(intr) mainly British to lean backwards over the side of a light sailing boat in order to carry the centre of gravity as far to windward as possible to reduce heelingUS and Canadian term: hike out

QUIZZES

DON’T VACILLATE! VANQUISH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

It’d be a real faux pas to miss this quiz on the words from August 3–9, 2020!
Question 1 of 7
What does “vacillate” mean?
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with sit out

sit out

1

Also, sit through. Stay until the end of, as in We decided to sit out the lecture instead of leaving early, or He was only eight when he sat through an entire opera—and it lasted nearly five hours. [Early 1700s]

2

Refrain from taking part in, as in Jane's foot hurt so she sat out the last three dances. [Mid-1600s]

3

Outlast, outstay, as in He sat out all the other guests, hoping to get a word alone with the host. [Mid-1700s]

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.