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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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  • We all like to sit back and observe, especially when a character is unfolding itself.

  • 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
  • Fred said he was glad to sit back and let the Santa Fe do the work for a while.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • This money gives me a chance to sit back and do what I please for a while.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • He can sit back with his hind feet resting on one stalk, hitch his tail round another, and lean his full weight against it.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
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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