sat by; sitting by; sits by

Definition of sit by

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

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“Sit by.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sit%20by. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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