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- (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.
- (idiomatic) To not participate.
2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in 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.
- (nautical) To lean out to the windward side of a sailboat in order to counterbalance the effects of the wind on the sails.
- (wrestling) To escape a hold while face down by swinging one's legs around into the sitting position.
- (poker) To be away from the table in the midst of an ongoing game, thus automatically placing one's forced bets and otherwise folding every hand when it is one's time to act.