sit out

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sit out (third-person singular simple present sits out, present participle sitting out, simple past and past participle sat out)

  1. (idiomatic) To decline to participate; particularly, to decline to dance.
    I don't like this tune, and I'm rather tired, so I think I'll just sit out.
    I don't like this song and I'm really tired, so I think I'll just sit it out.
  2. (idiomatic) To not participate.
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, BBC Sport:
      England manager Roy Hodgson instantly restored Rooney after a two-match suspension in place of Andy Carroll with orders to make a belated mark on the campaign after sitting out the draw against France and victory against Sweden.
  3. (nautical) To lean out to the windward side of a sailboat in order to counterbalance the effects of the wind on the sails.
  4. (wrestling) To escape a hold while face down by swinging one's legs around into the sitting position.


  • (decline to participate): sit this one out
  • (lean to the windward side): hike, lean out