let sleeping dogs lie

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Template:The expression "let sleeping dogs lie" was a popular proverb by the 13th century. It alluded to the fact that waking "sleeping dogs" who were at the time trained to be fierce watchdogs, would cause nothing but trouble.

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let sleeping dogs lie (third-person singular simple present lets sleeping dogs lie, present participle letting sleeping dogs lie, simple past and past participle let sleeping dogs lie)

  1. (idiomatic) To leave things as they are; especially, to avoid restarting or rekindling an old argument; to leave disagreements in the past.
    Eventually, they decided it would be best to let sleeping dogs lie and not discuss the matter any further.

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