sit back


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sit back settle into a comfortable sitting position
    • v sit back be inactive or indifferent while something is happening "Don't just sit by while your rights are violated!"
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  • Ronald Reagan
    “To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last -- but eat you he will.”


In literature:

Hermione was already there, sitting at a small table in a corner with her back to him, opposite to one of the handsomest men he had ever seen.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Grace got up an hour later and, peering from her tent, saw Hippy sitting with his back against a rock.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers" by Jessie Graham Flower
Sitting here confronting this girl he was swept back to a primal joy of things, to a sense of new worlds.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Isabel ran, light of heart and foot, back into the warm sitting-room, where aunt Mary Ellen was standing just where he had left her.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
M. le Cure was sitting next to her with his back against the tree.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
You don't have to come back to a lonely house and sit down alone at your table.
"Heidi" by Johanna Spyri
So you sit back and let Brent Taber play whatever game he's got in mind.
"Ten From Infinity" by Paul W. Fairman
He was sitting on the floor with his back against the Doctor's knees.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
They went back to the sitting-room, where the lady of the house was still confiding her angry thoughts to the red coals.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
She dismissed her visitors and went back to her sitting-room.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace

In poetry:

Then in the dreary winter nights
He sits him down 'neath my roof tree,
And in a coarse, ungently voice
He tells those stories back to me.
"The Bore" by C J Dennis
Look back through all thy storied past,
And sit erect in conscious pride:--
No grander heroes ever died--
No sterner, battled to the last!
"Virginia Capta" by Margaret Junkin Preston
As I sit sometimes in the twilight,
And call back to life in the coals
Old faces and hopes and fancies
Long buried, (good rest to their souls!)
"An Ember Picture" by James Russell Lowell
At night when reddest flowers are black
Those who once sat thereon come back;
Quite a row of them sitting there,
Quite a row of them sitting there.
"The Garden Seat" by Thomas Hardy
Old friend! in faith, the soldier says
I envy you almost;
My shoulders have been sorely prest
And I should like to sit and rest,
My back against that post.
"The Cross Roads" by Robert Southey
O past! could I go back to thee,
And live forever there!
But, no! there's frost upon my hair;
My feet have trod a path of care;
And worn and wearied here I sit
I am too tired to go to it.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Richard Mullaney back in action , Brandin Cooks sits.
Sitting with his back to the wall, Anthony Uzzi kept an eye on everyone in the room.
Sjodin said Howie is very laid back and loves to sit on people's laps.
Now sit back for a treat.
Plan to sit back, have a few drinks and enjoy a great meal while spending time visiting with everyone you grew up with.
Center Brendan Haywood has just played another game in an 11-season NBA career and sits back for some down time.
Falcons running back Michael Turner sits on the sideline before Atlanta 's loss to Carolina on Sunday.
Though it's almost impossible, try to sit back sometime and enjoy this 1938 Howard Hawks masterpiece not only for its gags, but for the grace of its construction, the assurance of its style, and the richness of its themes.
Meanwhile the Titans and Jaguars sit back.
Kic Band 'Sit back and enjoy the music.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy watching birds at your desk.
So now, strangely, the United States can sit back and observe the leadership of Canada.
Do not sit your studs, Newton is back.
When sitting, keep your back in a normal, slightly arched position.
So a prankster in Amsterdam thought it would be funny to glue a brand new iPhone 5 to the ground in a pretty busy square, then sit back and watch what people would do.

In science:

None of the nucleosynthesis sites is currently understood to a sufficient level of detail which would allow us to sit back and consider cosmic nucleosynthesis understood.
Introduction to Astronomy with Radioactivity
When it arrives at the hole, the walk starts to rapidly jump back and forth between the hole and the particle to the left of the hole: we say that it sits in a trap.
Law of large numbers for non-elliptic random walks in dynamic random environments
The light from the fiber will be guided to the tiles (sitting on the back side) through the 3 mm hole in the PCB of HBU.
Calibration System with Optical Fibers for Calorimeters at Future Linear Collider Experiments
The combination of experimental results is thus frequently performed by some theorist sitting in the back row of a conference, adding the quoted errors in quadrature (plus a little bit) and determining the combined answer.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
Looking back, one notices that the people sitting in the front row on this picture: Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli, Gamov, Landau and Kramers, although of different age at the time when the picture was taken-all died within the same time span of about 10-15 years.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium