Definition of sit tight in US English:

sit tight


  • 1Remain firmly in one's place.

    • ‘They assumed that the crowd would sit tight even if the arrangements were not up to the mark.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'll just go take Blake to make arrangements and the rest of you sit tight.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then I guess you just sit tight with a good book and wait until the electricity goes off and your roof starts coming off.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For the rest, it might be better to sit tight and wait for the industry to pull its finger out.’
      • ‘Do they have to sit tight and wait for the Philippines to solve it?’
      • ‘There is still more to come, but we're sitting tight and waiting for when the time will happen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sometimes you need to sit tight, and wait for it to happen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All we can do is sit tight and wait and that is simply making a worrying situation even more difficult.’
      • ‘Despite the impressive performance by the shares, those willing to sit tight should enjoy further rewards as the company remains remarkably good value.’
      take no action, wait, hold back, hang back, be patient, bide one's time, play a waiting game
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