sit upon (something)

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