look to one's laurels

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of look to one's laurels

chiefly British
: to work in order to keep one's success or position
  • If she performs this well in the championships, her rivals will have to look to their laurels.

Word by Word Definitions

look play
  1. : to make sure or take care (that something is done)

  2. : to ascertain by the use of one's eyes

  3. : to exercise the power of vision upon : examine

  1. : the act of looking

  2. : glance

  3. : the expression of the countenance

laurel play laurels
  1. : an evergreen shrub or tree (Laurus nobilis of the family Lauraceae, the laurel family) of southern Europe with small yellow flowers, fruits that are ovoid blackish berries, and evergreen foliage once used by the ancient Greeks to crown victors in the Pythian games —called also bay, sweet bay

  2. : a tree or shrub that resembles the true laurel

  3. : a crown of laurel awarded as an honor

  1. : to deck or crown with laurel


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