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

rest on one's oars


  • Relax one's efforts.

    • ‘So to the boffins who might think otherwise, rest on your oars and watch it happen.’
    • ‘Have the Russians already digested the lesson that a balance of deterrents produces an equilibrium on the strength of which one can rest one's oars?’
    • ‘There is no need and no scope for resting on our oars.’
    • ‘The negotiating team decided to rest on their oars and wait until their partners had a chance to consider the offer.’