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Sit

To hold court or perform an act that is judicial in nature; to hold a session, such as of a court, Grand Jury, or legislative body.

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Then at last I sat back and lit a cigarette, and the lights of Waterloo reeled out behind.
For a time they did not work but sat back in their chairs and looked at her.
Beebe sat back complacently, and Miss Alan began as follows: "It was a novel--and I am afraid, from what I can gather, not a very nice novel.
He sat back upon the bench then and glared at the open doors and the key, realizing now that they were part of a well-laid scheme of refined torture, none the less demoralizing because it inflicted no physical suffering.
As long as she stood he sat back on his haunches and gazed at her reproachfully out of his one good eye; when she resumed her walk he followed.
Almost at the same time the Prince sat back in the shadows of the Duchess of Devenham's box at the Opera and talked quietly to Lady Grace.