sit idly by

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sit idly by

 and stand idly by
to remain close, doing nothing to help. I do not intend to stand idly by while my children need my help. The wealthy man sat idly by while the poor people starved.
See also: idly, sit
References in classic literature ?
Fresh upon his months of mastery over his own team-mates, it was beyond his self-control to stand idly by while another devoured the meat that belonged to him.
Today we have one which places a duty on us to act, not stand idly by.
We will not stand idly by while ISIS and its affiliates continue their murderous rampage in an attempt to wreak havoc across the region, spawn splinter cells from North Africa to South Asia, and prey on youngsters in the West," Nicholson said.
The Turkish leadership would not stand idly by in the face of the agreement between Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Democratic Union Party as it threatens Turkish security, he told broadcaster Kanal 7 late Thursday.
While we continue to try to collect more information on this bill - a bill that was literally introduced in the dark of night - the Teamsters will not stand idly by while this legislation is slipped into the omnibus spending bill.
We won't stand idly by, of course we are going to do something to help.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Hamas Movement warned that the Palestinian people, their resistance and political forces would not stand idly by watching Israel's violations against the Aqsa Mosque and would rise up to defend it.
What is clear is that we cannot stand idly by while these innocent civilians are killed.
Lib Dem justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes claimed: "Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is happy to stand idly by while highly regarded local emergency police and fire services are dismantled.
Prime Minister David Cameron, after recalling the parliament from their summer break, said the " world could not stand idly by " after seeing the shocking scenes of death and suffering caused by suspected chemical weapons attacks, the BBC reported.
They added that they are "fed up and refuse to stand idly by in the face of injustice, as we reject the findings of Egypt's circus courts which have made rulings based off emergency law, something that was supposed to have been dissolved with the onset of the revolution.
The infantile suggestion that military officers stand idly by whilst other ranks do all the work is so crass and offensive that, whilst I have no real hope that Mr Gray is bright enough to be guided by anything other than his limited intellect, I feel that a more demanding editorial line might have spared us yet another outpouring of pathetic class hatred.
This affects all of us, so we cannot stand idly by and rely upon others to fight on our behalf.
After a three month break I cannot stand idly by and read the tripe he writes any longer.
US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "We can't stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy.