let the grass grow under (one's) feet

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let the grass grow under (one's) feet

To be inactive; to do nothing or stand still. Often used in the negative as an imperative, such as "don't let the grass grow under your feet." I used to let the grass grow under my feet, and I missed out on a lot of opportunities. Don't let the grass grow under your feet, kid. Get to work!
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let grass grow under one's feet

Fig. to do nothing; to stand still. Mary doesn't let the grass grow under her feet. She's always busy. Bob is too lazy. He's letting the grass grow under his feet.
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Alice is not letting the grass grow under her feet either.
I've been very lucky and if you're given a chance you want to take it with both hands" Rachel Hood, Racehorse Owners' Association president, Newmarket activist and so much more, on not letting the grass grow under her feet ''I managed to uncouple the battery but I could smell petrol.
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