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To not act, or to not do something

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

to not do something that is likely to cause serious problems

neglect

verb

to fail to do something that you should do

refrain

verb

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

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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