rest/sit on one's laurels

Definition of rest/sit on one's laurels

:to be satisfied with past success and do nothing to achieve further success

Word by Word Definitions

rest play
  1. : repose, sleep

  2. : freedom from activity or labor

  3. : a state of motionlessness or inactivity

  1. : to get rest by lying down

  2. : to lie dead

  3. : to cease from action or motion : refrain from labor or exertion

  1. : a projection or attachment on the side of the breastplate of medieval armor for supporting the butt of a lance

  1. : something that remains over : remainder

sit play
  1. : to rest on the buttocks or haunches

  2. : perch, roost

  3. : to occupy a place as a member of an official body

  1. : the manner in which a garment fits

  2. : an act or period of sitting

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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