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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɪtɪŋ ˈpɹɪti/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɪtɪŋ ˈpɹɪti/, /ˈsɪɾɪŋ ˈpɹɪɾi/
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- Hyphenation: sit‧ting pret‧ty
- (idiomatic, informal) Having a comfortable or certain supply of money or resources.
- Synonym: living on easy street
- 1934, Investigation of Air Mail and Ocean Mail Contracts: Hearings before a Special Committee on Investigation of Air Mail and Ocean Mail Contracts, United States Senate, Seventy-third Congress, Second Session, pursuant to S. Res. 349 (72d Congress), a Resolution Creating a Special Committee of the Senate to Investigate Air Mail and Ocean Mail Contracts, Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, OCLC 1284238, page 2804:
- Part of that memorandum of Mr. Hanshue's refers to directors sitting pretty in thinking they were all set for certain benefits.
- (idiomatic, informal) In a favorable situation, especially a situation in which one possesses an advantage.
- 1922, Rex [Ellingwood] Beach, “chapter XXIV”, in Flowing Gold, New York, N.Y.: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, by arrangement with Harper & Brothers, OCLC 5140023, page 290:
- That's not a threat, sir, for they have played fair with me, and I sha'n't sacrifice a penny of their money—unless they force me to do so. But—I'm in control. I'm sitting pretty. They can't unseat me, and I warn them not to try.
- 2010, Donald O'Donovan, “The Golden Age: From the Novel Orgasmo”, in The Sugarhouse: A Novella: Plus Four Novel Excerpts from Orgasmo; Night Train; Confessions of a Bedbug Hauler; Tarantula Woman, [s.l.]: Open Books:
- We were both sitting pretty back then, back in the 20th Century.