lift a finger, he/she doesn't/won't

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not lift a finger

To not do anything at all; to not take any action. Typically due to refusal or unwillingness. I am not lifting a finger until you kids start doing your fair share of the housework. The government has made it clear that it won't life a finger to help with the conflict in the region. He hasn't lifted a finger since he got here. He's been no help at all.
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not lift a finger (to help someone)

 and not lift a hand (to help someone)
Fig. to do nothing to help someone. (The someone is anyone with the negative.) They wouldn't lift a finger to help us. Can you imagine that they wouldn't lift a finger? Sally refused to lift a hand to help her own sister.
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not lift a finger

Refuse to exert oneself to help or perform an action. For example, Dad won't lift a finger to help them financially, or Early in the war, America officially would not lift a finger. [Mid-1900s]
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not lift a finger

or

not raise a finger

COMMON If someone does not lift a finger or does not raise a finger to do something or to help someone, they do not do anything. This Chancellor refuses to lift a finger to help working men and women. I'm the one who has to clean it all up. She wouldn't lift a finger if I didn't beg her. What kind of people are we to accept his kind of behaviour without raising a finger to prevent it? Note: This expression is used to criticize people for not doing anything.
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lift a finger, he/she doesn't/won't

Refusing to exert oneself in the slightest. This hyperbole has an ancient ring to it, but the earliest citation in the OED is to David Garnett’s The Flower of the Forest (1955): “Could anyone honestly say that we should have allowed Paris to be occupied and France defeated without lifting a finger?”
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Why should we worry about an invisible sky God saving an 89-year-old woman when the same God doesn't lift a finger to save toddlers drowning in the Mediterranean Sea?
I expect he doesn't lift a finger to help with the chores.
He's usually the bloke who doesn't lift a finger in the house all year round.
So we expect nice Mr Edgecomb to save him, and the fact that he doesn't lift a finger is incomprehensible.
Although hard-and-fast legislative reform plans have yet to take shape, Kovacic says, "There is a much healthier debate about institutional options than at any one time since World War II." More optimistically, he adds, "Even if Congress doesn't lift a finger, the situation will be changed due to e-mail, fax technology, and new options that have yet to be invented." That's a trend that no amount of clever advertising can reverse.
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