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Rest on one’s laurels

DEFINITION

Rely upon one’s past achievements. Someone’s heroic actions, inventions or leadership could be lauded-these are laurels, but with no further achievements, one might just remind others of past deeds.

“He rests on his laurels because he was a famous athlete but hasn’t done anything since retiring.”

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