American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Offering no initiative for change, especially in politics.
- n. An idle or lazy person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who does nothing; an idler.
- Doing no work; idle; indolent; inactive.
- n. A lazy person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. prenominal Doing nothing; disinclined to work or exertion; inactive; idle; lazy; -- of people.
- n. person who does no work.
- n. person who does no work
- adj. characterized by inability or unwillingness to work toward a goal or assume responsibility
“Already on Thursday morning, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley went on the offensive against what he described as a do-nothing climate on Capitol Hill.”
“Obama than has more campaign ammo to attack what he calls the "do-nothing Congress.”
“Republicans are doubling down on a legislative agenda that resembles last year's efforts to shrink the size and scope of government, and Obama is prepared to exploit a lack of legislative accomplishments as he runs against a so-called "do-nothing" Congress.”
“The do-nothing Republicans (and let's not forget Sara Palin) are doing a good job of fostering fear in the American public over the national healthcare issue.”
“I'm sick of these do-nothing Republicans criticizing instead of coming to the table or offering ideas of their own.”
“How carrying loaded firearms, calls of Naziism, shouting over questions _and_ answers make up the do-nothing GOP's response to reform?”
“In the 1952 midterms, which after all came just two years after the 1948 election, in which President Truman had his marvelous upset, railed against the do-nothing Republican Congress, brought Democrats back into power, just two years later in the middle of a really unpopular Korean War, Democrats thrown out again.”
“Two years later, voters reacted to a "do-nothing Congress" by tossing out 75 Republicans.”
“The fact that the president has apparently triggered the constitutional crisis without really expecting to produce any lasting policy impact, and for no better reason than to bolster his claim of running against a "do-nothing" Congress the key part of his re-election campaign, makes his behavior all the more reprehensible.”
“We need to make it a choice between a do-nothing approach that will ultimately destroy Medicare, and life-saving reforms," said Rep. Tom Cole R., Okla.”
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