One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1archaic Encamp outside a city in order to besiege it.‘with a large force he sat down before Ravenna’
- ‘The Russian army, provided with a full park of artillery for the siege, sat down before it in the middle of May.’
- ‘William drew from his encampment at Cahirconlish, and, confident, of an easy victory, sat down before Limerick.’
2British Accept or put up with an unwelcome situation or development.‘if they think I'm going to sit down under it, they can think again’
- ‘It is no consolation to Aberdeen that Perth is doing well, and I cannot see Aberdeen "sitting down under it."’
- ‘Moved to the bench was something he wasn't about to take sitting down.’
- ‘A proposal to shut the public loos in Pewsey is not being taken sitting down by villagers.’
- ‘The result was that this unfortunate person had to sit down under it and do nothing at all.’
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