what does resting on my laurels mean?
- JaneBLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
It means you are relying on previous accolades or successes.
Laurels were once given as an honor for achievement--think of Roman senators wearing crowns of laurels. One who "rests on his laurels" is content with present, or past, achievements. Though laurels are positive, one who rests on them is considered lazy.
- ReneeLv 45 years ago
In Roman times, the winner of a contest, like a race, might receive a wreath of laurel leaves. It was a sign of accomplishment, of winning. That word "laurel" is where the names Larry and Lawrence come from. So we can't rest on past victories but must keep trying.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Laurels refer to honours or acclamations. To rest on them means to live off your former fame or accomplishments and not bother to try to achieve anything else.
- Anonymous5 years ago
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laurel wreaths were the lil leaves you see on statues of roman emperors. they got them for cool stuff like winning wars or solving major problems. to rest on them means to never really try to do anything grand after the original thing that got you so much popularity and kudos. --------edit---------- and prolly maliolani is right as well.
- 1 decade ago
Relying on past accomplishments
- neona807Lv 51 decade ago
sitting on your butt.
It comes from the play "Julius Ceaser" in one scene Ceaser asks "where are my laurels" and then stands up and discovers he was sitting on them. (laurels was the ivy head band he wore).
- 1 decade ago
My grandma used that a lot. I means to live of your fame...