to not lift a finger

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - not lift a finger

"to not lift a finger"

to do nothing to help



Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - not lift a finger

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Can you believe how lazy Jim is?

Colleague 2:  Tell me.

Colleague 1:  This morning, I was struggling out of the copy room with a stack of binders. The binders were falling all over the place. Jim just stood and watched. He didn't lift a finger to help.

Colleague 2:  Perhaps Jim thought it was beneath his dignity to help you.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - not lift a finger

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I sure am getting tired of doing all the work around the house.

Friend 2:  Does your husband not help?

Friend 1:  Are you kidding? No matter how busy I am, he never lifts a finger.

Friend 2:  That must get frustrating.

to not lift a finger - Usage:


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to not lift a finger - Gerund Form:

Not lifting a finger to help, he sat and watched TV.

to not lift a finger - Examples:

1)  ... with heavy burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift a finger to help them.

2)  Why should I lift a finger when Daddy government can be black balled to fund our champagne lifestyle.

3)  ... how hubby is struggling to pay all the bills and she won't lift a finger to help.

4)  Democrats are not going to lift a finger to help President Trump.

5)  ... and who does what and who does more and who seems to barely lift a finger while the other adult in the house feels like a Victorian-era scullery maid.

6)  ... immigrants will not be given special handling. I will not lift a finger. You know that it is a violation of the law.

7)  ... managed by an experienced hotel operator, ensuring you don't have to lift a finger to earn your returns.

8)  He lived a life of luxury and didn't have to lift a finger simply because his father had written a huge Christmas song back in the day.

9)  You did not lift a finger. You turned a blind eye when SABC money was being used to prop up ...

10)  ... because, in the words of his American publisher, he will not lift a finger to promote his own work.

11)  ... against unlawful or intimidatory behaviour by anyone but has singularly failed to lift a finger to rein in the out of control construction union.

12)  I always did the calling and texting but they didn't lift a finger.

13)  ... and he says that you could go to jail and he won't lift a finger to protect you, what would you do?

14)  ... he didn't lift a finger to protect his employees, or the small businesses and contractors he'd hired, ...

15)  It was bloodless because nobody was willing to lift a finger to save him.

16)  My wife did not even lift a finger to do anything in the house. Even basic cleanliness and cooking was taken care ...

17)  ... sit inside in the air conditioning, not offer you a drink or lift a finger to help clean up, while you get sunburnt, dehydrated and disorientated outside installing ...

18)  But he will not lift a finger to help the state any more.

19)  ... as usual, it refused to lift a finger until it became too late. 

20)  ... vested interest in things staying as they are, so they will not lift a finger to change things for the better.