let (something) lie

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let (something) lie

To cease discussing or dwelling on something; to take no action toward resolving something. Look, we can't afford a new car right now, so let's let the matter lie for the time being. The company has let this problem lie for years, allowing dozens of people to be victimized in the meantime.
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let something lie

take no action regarding a controversial or problematic matter.
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Live and let lie: Can the intervention of Daniel Craig save Liverpool football club from Tom Hicks?
"But instead fans have been forced to make a choice and their enjoyment suffers." Even PM Gordon Brown is being urged to get involved in the row, with officials admitting "it's an issue the public are not going to let lie".
The irony is if this prank had just been let lie the whole affair would have blown over by now.
This is too important an issue to let lie, to say that it's too late to make a difference, or condemn, as some do, that the campaign against the cutbacks is simply a forum for malcontents.
It was either that or the family dog they let lie between them.