Definition of rest on one's laurels in US English:

rest on one's laurels


  • Be so satisfied with what one has already achieved that one makes no further effort.

    • ‘He continues to strive towards perfection and is never satisfied with resting on his laurels.’
    • ‘We cannot rest on our laurels after the efforts of the weekend.’
    • ‘Yet these individuals are not resting on past laurels.’
    • ‘But I've rested on my laurels and never put effort into anything.’
    • ‘But we were not designed to rest on the laurels earned by our forefathers.’
    • ‘He is not resting on his laurels and has already begun working for further improvement.’
    • ‘We can't rest on our laurels; we will continue to work very hard to achieve the best results for all the students.’
    • ‘But we have no intention of resting on our fresh green laurels.’
    • ‘He has experienced more adventure than most of us enjoy in a lifetime but he is not resting on his laurels and is already planning further adventures.’
    • ‘You can create your own destiny,’ she said recalling her own experience of rising in a field dominated by men and how she achieved her dreams and didn't rest on her laurels.’