The guacamole stayed a nice green even after sitting out for a while.
There can be few things tougher than sitting out year after year of detention, with no idea of when it will end.
They dream about growing old together and sitting out on our back porch.
Observes one staffer, “How humiliating it must be for him to be sitting out there with all those people [gawking and whispering.]”
He's sitting out there in the garden, all by himself, in the dark, under the tree.
Mrs. Rothesay was sitting out of doors, in her garden chair.
I should think she had had enough of sitting out the German.
They were Man and Woman, sitting out there in that little circle of fire.
It was at one of Mrs. Stagford's 'evenings,' and I was sitting out a dance with a certain young woman who shall be nameless.
It's mild enough for anything—for sitting out like all these people.
Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cf. Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
With past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.
To sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.