- 袖手旁观 [xiù shǒu páng guān]
- put the hands in the sleeves and look on -- to have nothing to do with a thing; fold one's arms and look on; look on and do nothing; look on unconcerned [indifferently; without taking any action]; not to lift [stir] a finger; not to lift [raise] a hand; Praise the sea, but stay on land.; remain an indifferent [idle] spectator; sit back and watch; stand aside [by]; stand by idly; stand by [look on] with folded arms; stand idle; stand watching; watch indifferently without lending a hand (in ...)
He did not stand about looking at all the job to be done; he waded straight in.
Only one man tried to help us, the rest just looked on in silence.
In that case we will not look on with folded arms.