sit on one's hands
phrasal 1. to withhold applause ; fail to show approval or enthusiasm 2. to fail to take expected or appropriate action

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sit on one's hands — {v. phr.}, {informal} To do nothing; fail or refuse to do anything. * /We asked Bill for help with our project, but he sat on his hands./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sit on one's hands — {v. phr.}, {informal} To do nothing; fail or refuse to do anything. * /We asked Bill for help with our project, but he sat on his hands./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • sit on one's hands — phrasal 1. : to withhold applause : fail to show approval or enthusiasm 2. : to fail to take expected or appropriate action : sit by * * * sit on one s hands To take no action • • • Main Entry: ↑hand * * * take no action …   Useful english dictionary

  • sit on one's hands — idi sit on one s hands a) to fail to applaud b) to fail to take appropriate action …   From formal English to slang

  • sit\ on\ one's\ hands — v. phr. informal To do nothing; fail or refuse to do anything. We asked Bill for help with our project, but he sat on his hands …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sit on one's hands — verb To be idle when action is needed, perhaps because of fear, ignorance, complacency, indecisiveness, or dislike of the person(s) or situation …   Wiktionary

  • sit on one's hands — remain idle, do nothing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • on one's hands — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} In your care or responsibility; that you must do something about. * /Mrs. Blake left her five children with me while she shopped. I could not get anything done with the children on my hands./ * /After everyone bought tickets …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on one's hands — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} In your care or responsibility; that you must do something about. * /Mrs. Blake left her five children with me while she shopped. I could not get anything done with the children on my hands./ * /After everyone bought tickets …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ one's\ hands — adv or adj. phr. In your care or responsibility; that you must do something about. Mrs. Blake left her five children with me while she shopped. I could not get anything done with the children on my hands. After everyone bought tickets to the… …   Словарь американских идиом

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