sit by

Idioms & Phrases

sit by

Also, sit idly by. Refrain from interfering, remain passive, as in I can't just sit by and let her get in trouble.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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sit by

verb
be inactive or indifferent while something is happening; "Don't just sit by while your rights are violated!" 
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