rest on one's laurels meaning

  • (sometimes as a criticism) to be content with one's past successes and the honour they bring, without attempting any further achievements

  • [American idiom]
    to enjoy one's success and not try to achieve more.
    Don't rest on your laurels. Try to continue to do great things!
    I think I'll rest on my laurels for a time before attempting anything new.

  • [American slang]
    Fig. to stop trying because one is satisfied with one's past achievements.
      Despite our success, this is no time to rest on our laurels.
      We rested on our laurels too long. Our competitors took away a lot of our business.

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