to rest on one's laurels
laurels lau"rels, n. pl. An honor or honors conferred for some notable achievement. [PJC]

{to rest on one's laurels} [fig.] to be content with one's past achievements and not strive to continue to excel; as, he didn't rest on his laurels after receiving the Nobel Prize, but went on to made even more significant discoveries. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • rest on one's laurels — {v. phr.} To be satisfied with the success you have already won; stop trying to win new honors. * /Getting an A in chemistry almost caused Mike to rest on his laurels./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rest on one's laurels — {v. phr.} To be satisfied with the success you have already won; stop trying to win new honors. * /Getting an A in chemistry almost caused Mike to rest on his laurels./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rest on one's laurels — (sometimes as a criticism) to be content with one s past successes and the honour they bring, without attempting any further achievements • • • Main Entry: ↑laurel * * * I be so satisfied with what one has already achieved that one makes no… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rest on one's laurels — idi rest on one s laurels, to cease to strive for further successes or accolades …   From formal English to slang

  • rest on one's laurels — be satisfied with the success one has already won He is always willing to work hard and is not the type of person to rest on his laurels …   Idioms and examples

  • rest\ on\ one's\ laurels — v. phr. To be satisfied with the success you have already won; stop trying to win new honors. Getting an a in chemistry almost caused Mike to rest on his laurels …   Словарь американских идиом

  • rest on one's laurels — verb To rely on a past success instead of trying to improve oneself further …   Wiktionary

  • rest on one’s laurels (to) —  Sit back, relax based on past performance …   American business jargon

  • laurels — lau rels, n. pl. An honor or honors conferred for some notable achievement. [PJC] {to rest on one s laurels} [fig.] to be content with one s past achievements and not strive to continue to excel; as, he didn t rest on his laurels after receiving… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laurels — n. to rest on one s laurels * * * to rest on one s laurels …   Combinatory dictionary

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