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1. To relax in a sitting position. Now, just sit back and enjoy the movie!
2. To stand aside and refrain from acting or intervening. They may not have broken the law themselves, but the CEOs certainly sat back and allowed these illegal activities to happen unchecked. I feel so guilty for sitting back while my son was going through such a difficult time in his life.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
to push oneself back in one's seat; to lean against the back of one's seat. Please sit back. I can't see around you. I sat back and made myself comfortable, assuming that the movie would bore me to sleep.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Relax, as in Now that the work's finished, we can just sit back.
2. Refrain from interfering or taking part, as in Mom and Dad just sat back and watched Meg try to decide whether or not she should tell on her friends . [Mid-1900s] Also see sit by.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To relax or rest in a sitting position, especially by leaning against a backrest or headrest: After the plane took off, I sat back and fell asleep.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.