Definition of let sleeping dogs lie in English:

let sleeping dogs lie


  • Avoid interfering in a situation that is currently causing no problems but may well do so as a result of such interference.

    • ‘So the Labor party is merely going along with the masses by letting sleeping dogs lie.’
    • ‘Maybe I would end up wishing I had let sleeping dogs lie.’
    • ‘I think it would have been better to let sleeping dogs lie.’
    • ‘Somebody sent me an email that said this was all the fault of the U.S. because ‘we should have let sleeping dogs lie.’’
    • ‘The most bankrupt excuse is that these events took place a long time ago, eyewitness accounts may differ, and it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.’
    • ‘I will let sleeping dogs lie and wish the man all the best in the world.’
    • ‘I'll let sleeping dogs lie for a bit on that front.’
    • ‘But then maybe it's best to let sleeping dogs lie.’
    • ‘But ages ago, he had learned to let sleeping dogs lie, so he wouldn't disturb the peace between his eldest and youngest.’
    • ‘And God also seems to have the highest expectations of us, not settling for second-best or letting sleeping dogs lie.’