let sleeping dogs lie


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let sleeping dogs lie

To leave a situation alone so as to avoid worsening it. Oh, don't mention that fight they had months ago—let sleeping dogs lie!
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Let sleeping dogs lie.

Prov. Do not instigate trouble.; Leave something alone if it might cause trouble. Jill: Should I ask the boss if he's upset at my coming in late in the mornings? Jane: If he hasn't said anything about it, just let sleeping dogs lie. I thought I would ask Jill if she wanted me to pay her back right away, but then I decided to let sleeping dogs lie.
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let sleeping dogs lie

Allow inactive problems to remain so, as in Jane knew she should report the accident but decided to let sleeping dogs lie. This injunction to avoid stirring up trouble was already a proverb in the 13th century. It alludes to waking up a fierce watchdog and has been stated in English since the late 1300s.
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let sleeping dogs lie

If you tell someone to let sleeping dogs lie, you are warning them not to interfere in a situation or not to talk about problems that have happened in the past. Why does she come over here stirring everything up? Why can't she let sleeping dogs lie? Note: You can call a situation that it would be better not to disturb a sleeping dog. The crux of the film is that his inquisitive son, by arousing the sleeping dog of the past, finds himself in danger.
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let sleeping dogs lie

avoid interfering in a situation that is currently causing no problems, but may well do so as a consequence of such interference. proverb
In the early 14th century the French phrase n'esveillez pas lou chien qui dort advised ‘do not wake the sleeping dog’, while Chaucer remarks in Troilus and Criseyde ‘it is nought good a slepyng hound to wake’. The present form of the proverb seems to be traceable to Walter Scott's novel Redgauntlet ( 1824 ).
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let ˌsleeping dogs ˈlie

(saying) do not disturb a situation which could cause trouble: I was very careful about what I said. It’s best to let sleeping dogs lie, I think.
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1 Black sheep 2 Fly the coop (chicken) 3 Play possum 4 Sitting duck 5 Lion's share 6 Go cold turkey 7 Have an albatross around one's neck 8 Play dog in the manger 9 Feather one's own nest (any bird) 10 Get someone's goat 11 Put on the dog 12 Red herring 13 In two shakes of a lamb's tail 14 One swallow does not a summer make 15 There is more than one way to skin a cat 16 Every dog has his day 17 Don't look a gift horse in the mouth 18 Curiosity killed the cat 19 It depends whose ox is gored 20 You can't teach an old dog new tricks 21 Let sleeping dogs lie 22 The leopard cannot change his spots 23 Don't count your chickens until they are hatched 24 The worm turns 25 Like a bull in a china shop
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