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  • v. be inactive or indifferent while something is happening


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  • The boy would then sit by the fire on his hams and gaze at Stobrod as if at any minute a miracle might happen.

    Cold Mountain

  • For one thing, Uncle Owen and Happy had to sit by the gate in front of St. Louis Cathedral and serve as lookouts.


  • There is a Herati rug on the floor, beaded cushions to sit on, and a framed photo of Mecca on the wall They sit by the open window, on either side of an oblong patch of sunlight - Laila hears women's voices whispering from another room.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • They would sit by the rushing creek, stickbait and rockbait on their hooks.

    Cold Mountain

  • Well I sit by my fire in chamber now, 11 Ohc PM whilst little F sleeps sweetly by my side & all is quiet through the house.

    Augusta County: John Quincy Adams Nadenbousch to Hester J. Nadenbousch, February 13, 1865

  • Fraeulein Lehzen says, 'The duchess wished that when she and the princess drove out, I should sit by her side, and the princess at the back.

    Queen Victoria

  • Well, did you come for this? for this do you sit by my side? did you ever for this light your lamp or keep awake? or, when you went out to the walking-place, did you ever propose any appearance that had been presented to you instead of a syllogism, and did you and your friends discuss it together?

    The Discourses of Epictetus

  • It was strange to sit by himself in the room they had given him and wish for the defeat of Birachii and other old friends.

    The False Mirror

  • There were bottles lying round everywhere, and Maigret noticed that they had all contained red wine — the coarse red wine that navvies drink straight from the bottle, to wash down their lunch-time sausage as they sit by the roadside.

    Maigret in Montmartre

  • I cannot forbear telling you the other day he made me a visit, and I, to prevent his making discourse to me, made Mrs. Goldsmith and Jane sit by all the while.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54


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