Definition of sit tight in English:

sit tight


  • 1Remain firmly in one's place.

    ‘this shouldn't take long—just sit tight’
    • ‘They assumed that the crowd would sit tight even if the arrangements were not up to the mark.’
    • ‘A 24 - HOUR vigil is in place as the Lake District's famous ospreys are sitting tight on newly-laid eggs.’
    • ‘Those that did evacuate we ask you just to sit tight.’
    • ‘I'll just go take Blake to make arrangements and the rest of you sit tight.’
    • ‘Yet, sitting tight for hours, excitement in phases and muggy weather were all worth the effort as Yuveraj Singh ensured everybody went home with a heady feeling.’
    • ‘Then I guess you just sit tight with a good book and wait until the electricity goes off and your roof starts coming off.’
    • ‘This was a good thirty feet away, and Peter and Julia sat tight, waiting to see what else was happening.’
    • ‘Should we sit tight and wait to be rescued - and risk choking on fumes or being crushed in a tunnel collapse?’
    • ‘But the elderly man didn't get excited, he sat tight and waited for the emergency crew to reach his home at the top of the village.’
    • ‘But, we don't have that control, and apart from securing our homes and having adequate supplies, we just have to sit tight and hope for the best.’
    stay put, stay there, wait there, remain in one's place
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    1. 1.1 Refrain from taking action or changing one's mind.
      ‘we're advising our clients to sit tight and neither to buy nor sell’
      • ‘All we can do is sit tight and wait and that is simply making a worrying situation even more difficult.’
      • ‘Sometimes you need to sit tight, and wait for it to happen.’
      • ‘We called the hospital, and they advised us to sit tight and wait, and call them again if the contractions started happening about once every five minutes.’
      • ‘It lost money for the first 15 months but I didn't have the funds to advertise it, so I just had to sit tight and wait for the reputation to build.’
      • ‘There is always a risk in these situations that a player will sit tight for the remainder of his contract and still go to one of your rivals free.’
      • ‘There is still more to come, but we're sitting tight and waiting for when the time will happen.’
      • ‘Despite the impressive performance by the shares, those willing to sit tight should enjoy further rewards as the company remains remarkably good value.’
      • ‘Do they have to sit tight and wait for the Philippines to solve it?’
      • ‘His outlandish haul of major championships is the product of a cautious approach, a refusal to take risks and a determination to sit tight and wait for others to make mistakes.’
      • ‘For the rest, it might be better to sit tight and wait for the industry to pull its finger out.’
      take no action, wait, hold back, hang back, be patient, bide one's time, play a waiting game
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