rest on laurels


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rest on (one's) laurels

To stop putting in effort, trying to innovate, or working to advance one's career or status and instead rely on one's past achievements or accolades to remain relevant or successful. I know your first novel was a smash success, if you just rest on your laurels you're going to fade into obscurity. The company has rested on their laurels from their smartphone design for the past decade, and they've now been surpassed by smaller companies doing much more interesting and innovative stuff.
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rest on one's laurels

Fig. to stop trying because one is satisfied with one's past achievements. Despite our success, this is no time to rest on our laurels. We rested on our laurels too long. Our competitors took away a lot of our business.
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rest on your laurels

be so satisfied with what you have already done or achieved that you make no further effort.
In ancient Greece, a wreath made of bay-tree (laurel) leaves was awarded as a mark of distinction and, in particular, to victors at the Pythian Games held at Delphi.
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ˌrest on your ˈlaurels

(usually disapproving) be satisfied with the success you have already gained and so no longer try to improve your position, etc: I know you got a very good degree from Oxford but what are you going to do with your life now? You can’t rest on your laurels for ever, you know.Laurel leaves were used in Roman times to make a crown for the winner of a race or competition.
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rest on (one's) laurels

To rely on one's past achievements instead of working to maintain or advance one's status or reputation.
See also: laurel, on, rest