Meaning of “sit on your hands” in the English Dictionary

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"sit on your hands" in British English

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sit on your hands

to do nothing, especially when you should be doing something:

The President sat on his hands for three years and blamed Congress.

sit on your hands

to do nothing about a problem or a situation that needs dealing with:

Every day the crisis worsens and yet the government seems content to sit on its hands.

(Definition of “sit on your hands” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sit on your hands" in American English

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sit on your hands

to do nothing:

The President sat on his hands for three years and blamed Congress.

(Definition of “sit on your hands” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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