to sit tight

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - sit tight

"to sit tight"

1) to wait patiently without taking any action

2) to firmly maintain your opinion, position or idea about something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - sit tight

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: This situation could become drastic if we don't do anything. Maybe we should temporarily suspend incoming order processing.

Colleague 2: No way. The boss will be back in the office in less than an hour. Let's wait for her to make a decision.

Colleague 1: So, we are just supposed to sit tight and do nothing?

Colleague 2: Correct. We don't have the authority to do anything anyways.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - sit tight

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Did Charles change his mind?

Friend 2: Nope. He is sitting tight in his firm belief that the weather is going to be lousy this weekend and that we should cancel our camping trip.

Friend 1: Do you think he might change his mind?

Friend 2: No way. Charles is fully entrenched in his opinion. In fact, he has started making other plans for the weekend.

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to sit tight - Gerund Form:

Sitting tight, they waited sell any stock until they understood where the market was going.

to sit tight - Examples:

1)  ... re: lurking instead of commenting -- you can rest assured that if you sit tight long enough, someone else will most probably say the thing you were going to.

2)  The better part of valor may be to sit tight and await the tide of new data.

3)  ... or perhaps a transformer blew up somewhere nearby. They'll sit tight and wait for the power to come back on. 

4)  I think they will simply buy all the patents for the free-fuel technologies and sit tight on them until such time as the last few barrels of oil are consumed.

5)  I've got to sit tight and once everything gets out, we'll go from there.

6)  If it's been less than a year, sit tight and be patient. 

7)  Go out and start creating demand? Like hell we will. We'll sit tight and hoard, against (possibly) worse tomorrow. 

8)  CMS has provided the data, so now we'll have to sit tight and wait for the calculations.

9)  You don't have to change anything, just sit tight and wait for the welcome message.

10)  ... if you're relatively happy where you are, your best bet is to sit tight (for now) until your industry picks up.

11)  Or maybe we will all just sit tight and let it all play out.

12)  With the U.S. economy in such turmoil we need to sit tight and stay close to home with our military.

13)  He said he was nauseous. I told him to just sit tight and that we'd be home soon. 

14)  This process also takes time. So just sit tight and have a cup of coffee or three. 

15)  ... lender is required to send your 1099 before the end of January, so sit tight and wait to receive it. If you file your taxes without reporting it, ...

16)  They beat themselves, because though they have brains they can not sit tight. You need not only the courage of your convictions but the intelligent patience to ...

17)  Men who can both be right and sit tight are uncommon. I found it one of the hardest things to learn. 

18)  Those of you with last-minute property tax payments, please sit tight for now. The town is working on an accommodation for that payment deadline.

19)  At this point we are just going to sit tight and closely monitor the public school situation.

20)  ... the right play for people ready to buy a first home is to sit tight and let the market deflate.