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To not act, or to not do something - synonyms or related words

drop the ball

to fail to do something that you are responsible for doing

bother

verb

if you do not bother to do something, you do not do it, either because there seems to be no good reason or because it involves too much effort

abstain

verb

formal

to not do something that is likely to cause serious problems

neglect

verb

to fail to do something that you should do

refrain

verb

formal

to stop yourself from doing something. This word is often used in official announcements or signs

let nature take its course

to allow something to develop without trying to influence it

make no move

to do nothing

can’t bring yourself to do something

to be unable to do something because it is too unpleasant or embarrassing, or makes you too upset

omit to do something

to fail to do something that would have been helpful or honest

stand by

to not take action when you should

ruburb

an area in the countryside where there are both housing developments and farms, and many people travel to work in nearby cities

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troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

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