sit upon

sit upon (something)

1. To be a member of some group of officials. She's been asked to sit upon the president's foreign intelligence council. I sat upon the board of directors for a number of years, but I did not have an active role in the company.
2. To suppress, repress, stifle, or hide something. The company sat upon reports indicating a health risk in their products for nearly ten years until sick customers started coming forward with lawsuits. The government is clearly sitting upon evidence that would clear the man's name.
3. To join or meet in order to discuss, confer, or consult about something. The city council promised to sit upon the issue at its next meeting. They asked me to sit upon the case because of my familiarity with the topic.
4. To delay, postpone, or avoid using something. With the amount of money that company's sitting upon, you'd think they could figure out a product that actually works properly! They're sitting upon some of the best talent in the industry, and it's all just going to waste.
See also: sit, upon

sit upon

v.
1. To affect someone with or as if with a burden: Official duties sat heavily upon the governor.
2. To occupy a seat as a member of some body of officials: The former mayor now sits upon the town council.
3. To confer about something: The committee will sit upon the matter at the meeting next month.
See also: sit, upon
References in classic literature ?
Well, I would not have so much to answer for, as that wicked man there hath, to sit upon a much higher chair than he sits upon.
The fact that I was the son of a slave relegated me to a position of minor importance in the consideration of O-Tar, yet I am still the son of a jeddak and might sit upon the throne of Manator with as perfect congruity as O-Tar himself.
With his eyes he seized upon my eyes and dragged me to him and he made me lay my swords and dagger upon the table and back off into a corner, and still keeping his eyes upon my eyes his head quitted his body and crawling upon six short legs it descended to the floor and backed part way into the hole of an ulsio, but not so far that the eyes were not still upon me and then it returned with the key to its fetter and after resuming its place upon its own shoulders it unlocked the fetter and again dragged me across the room and made me to sit upon the bench where it had been and there it fastened the fetter about my ankle, and I could do naught for the power of its eyes and the fact that it wore my two swords and my dagger.
Mastermind (BBC2, 7.30pm-8pm) John Humphrys presents the first heat of the latest series of the classic quiz, where contenders sit upon the famous black chair under the glare of the spotlight and the ticking clock.
Jesus said to his disciples, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him.
The cranberry they sit upon looks, and tastes, like strawberry jam, and lacks any real sharpness or punch.
Valenti describes a world that creates a wholly unrealistic pedestal for feminists to sit upon. That pedestal doesn't allow public feminists to have real lives and real flaws: they don't have bad boyfriends; they don't cheat or make mistakes; they don't feel vulnerable or insecure, or have financial problems.
During searches out at Baccha college, SIT upon a picture Union minister Giriraj Singh with Rai
There should be a publicly available register of interests for all those who sit upon them so that the public can see who these people are, their expertise and who they represent.
There should be a publicly available register of interests for all those who sit upon these boards so that the public can see who those people are, their expertise and who they represent.
"This is why it's superb for any item of furniture we may sit upon and be enveloped by - a velvet sofa is the ultimate statement piece."
A highlight for us was the Woodland Theatre, a hollow where we could sit upon tree stumps or on the steeply banked hills and be entertained by actors, puppets and storytellers.
His Moses analogy is not far from the truth, here we are a hard working tribe of people struggling under the lash of the heartless slave masters (zero hour contracts, and no pay work experience), whilst the Pharaohs (the Queen and Cameron) sit upon their thrones passing down laws to keep the slaves in check.
When Queen Elizabeth II visited the show's set in Belfast last year, she closely inspected the eponymous Throne (forged from 1,000 swords, or so they say), but declined to sit upon it.