"Sit on one's hands" nghĩa là gì?

Barack Obama In Berlin. Photo courtesy Matthias Winkelmann.

'Sit on one's hands' nghĩa là ngồi khoanh tay không làm gì (to do nothing about a ​problem or a ​situation that ​needs ​dealing with), hoặc nghĩa khác là được vỗ tay thưa thớt.

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The President ​sat on his ​hands for three ​years and ​blamed ​Congress.

I'd rather be a naive optimist and try, than be a cynical pessimist and sit on my hands.

I won't sit down and sit ON my hands and just let this ALL go down without speaking On it.

Republicans have claimed that the new Every Student Succeeds Act clips the wings of my Department of Education. Do these extremists still not know me? My lawyers are smarter than their staff. I have many pens and a host of phones. I will not sit on my hands—I plan to keep doing for all children what we've done for those Opportunity Scholarship kids in DC, and to do for reform what we've done for the Common Core.

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