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Sit back   /sɪt bæk/   Listen
Sit back

Settle into a comfortable sitting position.  Synonym: take it easy.
Be inactive or indifferent while something is happening.  Synonym: sit by.

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"Sit back" Quotes from Famous Books

... me that this country is going to sit back much longer and see autocracy grind its heel into the ...
— Humoresque - A Laugh On Life With A Tear Behind It • Fannie Hurst

... willing to let go her hold upon the saddle-horn, and to try to follow his instructions. He taught her how to place her feet in the stirrups, how to clutch with her knees, how to rise in the saddle for a trot, how to sit back for a canter; until at length—wonder of wonders!—Vivian, her hair flying in the wind, her eyes filled with triumph, actually cantered with Donald at her side toward the others, who to a rider turned in their saddles and cheered ...
— Virginia of Elk Creek Valley • Mary Ellen Chase

... work," Joe went on, "but I don't mind. I like it. And I'm not so foolish as to think that I'm going to go in, right off the reel, and become the star pitcher of the team. I guess I'll have to sit back, and warm the bench for quite a considerable time before I'm called on to pull the game out ...
— Baseball Joe in the Big League - or, A Young Pitcher's Hardest Struggles • Lester Chadwick

... thou rememberest, was betrothed in childhood to the daughter of his father's friend, the Governor of Chili-li. He is a man now, and should fulfill that most solemn obligation that we, his parents, laid upon him— and he refuses. I can see thee sit back aghast at this lack of filial spirit; and I, too, am aghast. I cannot understand this generation; I'm afraid that I cannot understand these, my children. My boy insists that he will marry a girl of his own choice, a girl with a foreign education like unto his own. We have remonstrated, ...
— My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard • Elizabeth Cooper

... was busy inspecting some newly arrived lingerie, did not glance up as she answered: "Don't be silly. You know it's a relief. You can sit back and rest from now on—until I'm divorced," ...
— The Gorgeous Girl • Nalbro Bartley

... passengers. The attempts made at order and regularity in the arrangements altogether failed. Every body seemed in confusion. The carriages are of two sorts—the first class, and the char-a-banc. The latter are all open; the people sit back to back, and face to face, as they like, and get at their places by scrambling, squeezing, and altercation. Even the Marquis had a hard fight to preserve the seats which he had taken for his family. At Malines, the train changes carriages. Here a curious scene ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 - Vol. 53, January, 1843 • Various

... times, yes, a hundred times, he could have killed you. But he preferred to sit back and stroke those long, yellow, mandarin mustaches of his, and watch you, as a cat watches a foolish mouse. I can see him laughing now. Yes! I have seen him, and I have heard him laugh. It is a hideous, ...
— Peter the Brazen - A Mystery Story of Modern China • George F. Worts

... should be kept in such a position as to enable them to apply the necessary grip with promptness and precision. Hence the rider should not move about in the saddle, as some are inclined to do, in the attempt to "sit back" when going over ...
— The Horsewoman - A Practical Guide to Side-Saddle Riding, 2nd. Ed. • Alice M. Hayes

... said Di, "you needn't think I'm going to sit with you. You look as if you were crazy. I'll sit back here." ...
— Miss Lulu Bett • Zona Gale

... started this afternoon. A few minutes ago I heard a German aeroplane signalling by wireless to a German battery and directing its fire. I could tell every time the gun was ordered to fire and every time the aviator said the shot was short or over. It's kinder funny to sit back here in quiet and listen in the war, isn't it?" I agreed it was ...
— "And they thought we wouldn't fight" • Floyd Gibbons

... It began to groan in the chimney as if it were a wild beast struggling to escape, and then the smoke came down in whorls and filled the kitchen. They had to put out the fire to keep themselves from suffocation, and to sit back from the fireplace to protect themselves from cold. The door of the porch flew open, and they barricaded it with long-handled brushes; the windows rattled in their frames, and they blocked them up with the tops of the tables. In spite of ...
— The Manxman - A Novel - 1895 • Hall Caine

... sit back for a moment." But as she withdrew into the back of the box, she was seized by a new fear. If he was still watching, might he not come to the door and try to speak to her? Her only safety lay in remaining in full view of the audience; and she ...
— The Fruit of the Tree • Edith Wharton

Words linked to "Sit back" :   loosen up, take it easy, watch, look on, relax, unbend, slow down, sit by, decompress, unwind

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