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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)
Translations of “sit on your hands”
in Chinese (Simplified) 置之不理, 无所事事…
in Chinese (Traditional) 置之不理, 無所事事…
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