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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



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



formal to not do something that is likely to cause serious problems



to fail to do something that you should do



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



a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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