sit back and let (something happen)

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sit back and let (something happen)

To allow something to happen or unfold without interfering or taking part an active part in it. You may not be directly responsible, but you sat back and let John squander the company's money. In my eye, that makes you just as culpable. We all get older, but I refuse to just sit back and let it happen to me—I want to get out into the world and experience as much as I possibly can in the time I have left! Instead of just sitting back and letting your talents go to waste in this dead-end job, why don't you strike out on your own?
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sit back and let something happen

Fig. to relax and not interfere with something; to let something happen without playing a part in it. I can't just sit back and let you waste all our money! Don't worry. Just sit back and let things take care of themselves.
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You have to immediately sit back and let other people talk to you and tell you.
They are likely to be wanting to get their hands on the throttles, whereas the successful Republican presidents in the polls, Eisenhower and Reagan, particularly, have been much more inclined to sit back and let the staff deal with it until some moment at which they can speak, rather, from the mountaintop.