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What does let sleeping dogs lie mean?


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let sleeping dogs lie

Definition

If you let sleeping dogs lie, you leave things as they are to avoid trouble.

Origin


This phrase refers to waking up sleeping watchdogs who could be aggressive if they are awakened.

The first author to allude to rousing a potentially fierce watchdog was Geoffrey Chaucer in Troilus and Criseyde, circa 1380:
"It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake."

Example(s)

- It would be best to let sleeping dogs lie and not discuss the problem any further.
- Don’t call him! It’s best to let sleeping dogs lie.
- We decided to let sleeping dogs lie during the meeting and not mention the unresolved problems we had with our partners.

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