Let the grass grow under one's feet

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Let the grass grow under one's feet to loiter, linger
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gærs, græs; Ice., Ger., Dut., and Goth. gras; prob. allied to green and grow.

Usage

In literature:

For Nora never let the grass grow under her feet, or under any one else's feet, when there was work in hand.
"Trevlyn Hold" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He's not one to let the grass grow under his feet.
"Ovington's Bank" by Stanley J. Weyman
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