Definition of sit on in English:

sit on

phrasal verb

  • 1Fail to deal with.

    ‘she sat on the article until a deadline galvanized her into putting words to paper’
    • ‘I finally decided to stop sitting on things and threw out my war-torn couch today.’
    • ‘There is now enormous choice in the current account market, so there is no excuse to sit on an account which is not offering the best deal.’
    • ‘Lucas has been sitting on this basic story idea for well on thirty years now, so how far wrong could he go?’
    • ‘The company is regarded as more financially capable than its rival of doing such a deal, but appears happy to sit on its holding.’
    • ‘I've been sitting on this story for a week or so, trying to figure out what to do with it.’
  • 2Subdue (someone), typically by saying something intended to discomfit or embarrass them.

    ‘someone should have sat on him when he was young’
    • ‘He bears the imprint of whoever sits on him and the Vice-President really sat on him.’
    • ‘My middle son lives with his dad and is 20, but he doesn't give me the time of day, but my youngest is 5 (going on 20) and I have really sat on him hard.’
    1. 2.1 Suppress (something)
      ‘I want this story sat on’
      • ‘This is by no means the only new idea that the company is sitting on, with numerous internet projects up its sleeve.’
      • ‘But I find it impossible to sit on a good story, especially if there is money to be made.’
      • ‘Instead, he intends to sit on his campaign for a month to give it maximum chance of success.’
      • ‘No longer is it easy for a news organization to sit on a big story and publish it at a set time, when all the dust has settled.’
      • ‘The press has been restrained in sitting on a story about her family.’
      • ‘Only this time, he knew he was sitting on a deal he could not mention.’
      withhold, hide, conceal, keep back, keep secret, keep hidden, keep silent about, keep quiet about, hush up, refuse to disclose, suppress
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