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English definition of “sit on sth”

sit on sth

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with sit   /sɪt/ (present participle sitting, past tense and past participle sat) us  

(DELAY)

to delay taking action about something: The company has been sitting on my letter for weeks without dealing with my complaint.Delaying and wasting time

(KEEP SECRET)

mainly disapproving to prevent people from knowing a piece of information: The government will presumably sit on the report until after the election.Secrecy and privacy
(Definition of sit on sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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