(tr) to endure to the end: I 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 heeling: US and Canadian term: hike out
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How to use sit out in a sentence
Why the former Florida governor would be smarter to sit out 2016.
It started out with him experiencing a pain in his left leg, and he would have to sit out from sport events at his school.
Why does Don sit out in the cold at the end of the episode—alone on his balcony in his bathrobe?Jon Hamm on the Final Season of ‘Mad Men’ and the Advice He Got From Bryan Cranston and Tina Fey | Andrew Romano | April 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It might seem shrewd for Obama to sit out the IRS scandal while he focuses on bigger fights.
If the iron is your lucky token in Monopoly, you might want to sit out from now on.Fidel Castro Hates Monopoly & 12 More Reasons to Love It | Caroline Linton | February 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
"Perhaps you will not care to retire, and would rather sit out where the air is best," she suggested.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
When they reached home, George said to Ellen: "Don't you want to sit out here on the porch a little while?"The Rosie World | Parker Fillmore
The girl had promised to sit out two consecutive dances with him, since to-morrow morning he must go back to the mountains.The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
Forbes intended to sit out the next dance; but he found himself abandoned as on a desert island with Mrs. Neff.What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
Engaged people invariably pass the evening together, and sometimes do not dance at all, but sit out in some secluded corner.Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl | Jenny Wren
Other Idioms and Phrases with sit out
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]
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