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sit back

Meaning: to do nothing instead of making an effort to get what you want

For example:

  • sit back If you want to make friends, you have to make an effort. You can't just sit back and wait for people to call you.

  • sit back No wonder Joe is still unemployed. He thinks he can sit back and wait for jobs to come to him.

Quick Quiz:

I've got an important presentation coming up, so I can't afford to sit back and
  1. work hard
  2. do nothing
  3. prepare it

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