Definition of look to one's laurels in English:

look to one's laurels


  • Be careful not to lose one's superior position to a rival.

    ‘they're very good players—we'll have to look to our laurels’
    • ‘If it is, their leader will have to look to his laurels because contiguity with Washington is a mixed blessing in this neck of the woods.’
    • ‘When he suggested that the Silent Majority should look to their laurels in regard to opposing the so-called Racial Justice group, he couldn't have got it more right.’
    • ‘Grammar chose to have an off day that did their championship hopes no good, and they will need to look to their laurels in the weeks ahead.’
    • ‘He has made professional spin doctors look to their laurels.’
    • ‘They had all better look to their laurels: the queen of them all is back to claim her crown.’
    • ‘In 1854 Thackeray warned Millais: ‘look to your laurels: there is a young fellow in Rome called Leighton, who will one day be President of the Royal Academy.’’
    • ‘Now is the time for the councils to look to their laurels.’
    • ‘After moving to the top of the table they have also signalled their cup intentions and holders Guiseley had better look to their laurels.’
    • ‘Guiseley will have to look to their laurels on Saturday and make sure there are no slip ups against the North West Counties side Trafford.’