let sleeping dogs lie

Definition of let sleeping dogs lie

:to ignore a problem because trying to deal with it could cause an even more difficult situation
  • I thought about bringing up my concerns but decided instead to let sleeping dogs lie.

Word by Word Definitions

let play
  1. : hinder, prevent

  1. : something that impedes : obstruction

  2. : a shot or point in racket games that does not count and must be replayed

  1. : to cause to : make

  2. : to offer or grant for rent or lease

  3. : to assign especially after bids

  1. : small one

  2. : article worn on

sleep play sleeping
  1. : the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored — compare REM sleep, slow-wave sleep

  2. : a state resembling sleep: such as

  3. : a state of torpid inactivity

  1. : to rest in a state of sleep

  2. : to be in a state (as of quiescence or death) resembling sleep

  3. : to have sexual relations

dog play dogs
  1. : canid

  2. : a male dog

  3. : a worthless or contemptible person

  1. : canine

  2. : having an inferior or inauthentic quality : spurious

  1. : to hunt, track, or follow like a hound

  2. : to worry as if by pursuit with dogs : plague

  3. : to bother or pester persistently

  1. : extremely, utterly

lie play
  1. : to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position : be prostrate : rest, recline

  2. : to assume a horizontal position

  3. : to reside temporarily : stay for the night : lodge

  1. : lay

  2. : the position or situation in which something lies (see 1lie)

  3. : the haunt of an animal (such as a fish) : covert

  1. : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

  2. : to create a false or misleading impression

  3. : to bring about by telling lies

  1. : an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker or writer to be untrue with intent to deceive

  2. : an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker or writer

  3. : something that misleads or deceives


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