sit by

phrasal verb

sat by; sitting by; sits by
: to make no effort to stop something bad or unpleasant from happening
I won't sit idly by while he ruins his life!

Examples of sit by in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While colder months in Umbria have their own appeal (think: wine tasting and great food while sitting by the fire, and endless opportunities to hunt for black truffle) the summer and spring showcase the region's natural splendor at its best. Elisa Carassai, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Aug. 2023 Summer in Baltimore is a time for crab feasts, snowballs and orange crushes — and sitting by the water as much as humanly possible. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 20 June 2023 Call it Pool Party Progressivism: a politics recognizing that the unionized workers erecting all those wind turbines and solar panels might want to go sit by the water with their friends and family after work, grow zucchini next to their neighbors, or join a rec soccer league. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 15 Aug. 2023 In Wyoming, the Thomases fished, rafted on the Snake River and sat by a campfire overlooking the Teton Range with the other couples. Brett Murphy, ProPublica, 10 Aug. 2023 For the best fall views, sit by the lake to see the colors reflected in the water or head up to one of the overlooks to marvel at the sea of color. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Aug. 2023 In other photos, the former Victoria's Secret angel sat by a campfire at sunset and stopped to pet a horse during a bike ride. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 6 Aug. 2023 Related The video features the artist sitting by the poolside after night falls. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 28 July 2023 Celebs sitting by the runway included Janelle Monáe, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Shalom Harlow, Jessica Chastain, and Tyson Beckford. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 10 July 2023 See More

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“Sit by.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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