One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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