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English definition of “sit sth out”

sit sth out

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

(ACTIVITY)

to not take part in a physical activity such as a dance or a game, because you are tired or injured: I'm feeling rather tired, so I think I'll sit out the next dance.

(SITUATION)

to wait for an unpleasant situation or event to finish, without leaving or taking some other action: The government is prepared to sit out the strike rather than agree to union demands.
(Definition of sit sth out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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