wallow in the mire

wallow in the mire

To remain stuck in an undesirable or negative situation due to one's unwillingness to do something to change. Jane left you six months ago—it's time to stop wallowing in the mire and get back to living your life.
See also: mire, wallow
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It's your choice--contribute to a healthier New Zealand, or wallow in the mire.
They prefer to wallow in the mire of tired tales from some "collective unconscious" that public school bashers tap into when anyone brings up the topic of education.