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sit back

(intr, adverb) to relax, as when action should be taken: many people just sit back and ignore the problems of today.
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Verb1.sit back - settle into a comfortable sitting position
relax, decompress, unwind, loosen up, slow down, unbend - become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
2.sit back - be inactive or indifferent while something is happening; "Don't just sit by while your rights are violated!"
look on, watch - observe with attention; "They watched as the murderer was executed"
يَجْلِسُ جانِبا، لا يَتَدَخَّل
složit ruce v klín
læne sig tilbage
kényelembe helyezi magát
halda aî sér höndum
zložiť si ruky do lona
sırtını dayayıp oturmak

w>sit back

vi (lit, fig)sich zurücklehnen; (fig: = do nothing, not take action) → die Hände in den Schoß legen


(sit) present participle sitting: past tense, past participle sat (sӕt) verb
1. to (cause to) rest on the buttocks; to (cause to) be seated. He likes sitting on the floor; They sat me in the chair and started asking questions.
2. to lie or rest; to have a certain position. The parcel is sitting on the table.
3. (with on) to be an official member of (a board, committee etc). He sat on several committees.
4. (of birds) to perch. An owl was sitting in the tree by the window.
5. to undergo (an examination).
6. to take up a position, or act as a model, in order to have one's picture painted or one's photograph taken. She is sitting for a portrait/photograph.
7. (of a committee, parliament etc) to be in session. Parliament sits from now until Christmas.
ˈsitter noun
1. a person who poses for a portrait etc.
2. a baby-sitter.
ˈsitting noun
a period of continuous action, meeting etc. I read the whole book at one sitting; The committee were prepared for a lengthy sitting.
ˈsit-in noun
an occupation of a building etc by protesters. The students staged a sit-in.
ˈsitting-room noun
a room used mainly for sitting in.
sitting target, sitting duck
someone or something that is in an obvious position to be attacked. If they're reducing staff, he's a sitting target.
sit back
to rest and take no part in an activity. He just sat back and let it all happen.
sit down
to (cause to) take a seat, take a sitting position. Let's sit down over here; He sat the child down on the floor.
sit out
1. to remain seated during a dance. Let's sit (this one) out.
2. to remain inactive and wait until the end of. They'll try to sit out the crisis.
sit tight
to keep the same position or be unwilling to move or act. The best thing to do is to sit tight and see if things improve.
sit up
1. to rise to a sitting position. Can the patient sit up?
2. to remain awake, not going to bed. I sat up until 3 a.m. waiting for you!
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes Wharton would sit back with a laugh and say:
But why did you sit back there, Agnes,' she added, 'and talk so little?
She would have much preferred to sit back with the girls, where she could have laughed and chattered to her heart's content.
He really has to bring a little bit of that to us - don't just sit back and let other people organise, he has to be the guy that steps up.
And, perhaps best of all, once the crackers have been pulled and the plates cleared, you can sit back with a drink and enjoy the wonderful feeling that comes with not having to tackle a mountain of washing up.
People can sit back in the comfort of their armchairs and watch local democracy in action.
Stephen "Ginger" Downey, from Sit Back Promotions, said the gig would be packed and he appealed for people and local businesses to give prizes for raffles and games.
Mother-of-four Lorraine, 38, of Ipswich, Suffolk, said: "I can't sit back and watch anyone mock Aaron for proudly doing his job and sacrificing himself for it.
After all, why should a capable person sit back and wait for some higher power to rescue them?
of Texas at El Paso) black players were no longer a novelty anywhere, and you could sit back and enjoy watching them without counting how many of them were on the floor.
He said: "If there are people inside our country who are talking with Al Qaeda, we want to know about it because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again.
Do I really need to sit back and wait for my credit to continue to deteriorate?