sit idly by

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sit (idly) by

To stand aside and refrain from acting or intervening. They may not have broken the law themselves, but the CEOs certainly sat by and allowed these illegal activities to happen unchecked. I feel so guilty for sitting idly by while my son was going through such a difficult time in his life.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Now my sympathies have ever been with the weaker side of an argument, and though I knew nothing of the cause of the trouble I could not stand idly by and see a brave man butchered by superior numbers.
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.
Can you stand idly by, and let that unnatural marriage take place without one attempt to save her?
We will not stand idly by as Ryan Zinkes Department of the Interior runs roughshod over human rights and climate justice in their zeal to give away this special place to the dirty fuels industry.
We, the people, demand that the government, at the very least, not stand idly by and instead protest these blatant violations of the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and beef up the country's defenses in guarding what's left of our territory,' the senator added.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a press release today that the United States would not stand idly by while the Iranian regime continued to engage in human rights abuses and injustice.
Cormac McAleer of Save Our Sperrins said: "The community will not stand idly by and be ridden over roughshod by a clique of gold prospectors and their willing cohorts.
He added, according to the popular mobilization site "The popular mobilization forces will not stand idly by but will enter into Fallujah if Iraqi forces needed," expressing his refusal to any "US troops in this battle, so as not to turn Fallujah other Anbar.
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.
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.