Hagen said quickly and proudly, "I was as good a son to him as you or Mike, maybe better. I'm giving you a professional opinion. Personally I want to kill all those bastards." The emotion in his voice shamed Sonny, who said, "Oh, Christ, Tom, I didn't mean it that way." But he had, really. Blood was blood and nothing else was its equal.

Sonny brooded for a moment as the others waited in embarrassed silence. then he sighed and spoke quietly. "OK, we'll sit tight until the old man can give us the lead.

(from The Godfather, by Puzo)

What is the meaning of we'll sit tight here?

  • It's an idiom. If you look up sit in many dictionaries it will list sit tight also.
    – user6951
    Commented Nov 15, 2014 at 6:10
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    Vote to reopen. It is not intuitively obvious that sit tight is an idiom. So it would not necessarily be obvious to look up sit tight in a dictionary.
    – user6951
    Commented Nov 15, 2014 at 7:46
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    When providing context, you need to also include the source.
    – J.R.
    Commented Nov 15, 2014 at 10:10

1 Answer 1

  1. Remain firmly in one’s place:

1.1. Refrain from taking action or changing one’s mind:

Have you tried to consult a dictionary? See the ODO for the above. Here, the meaning is figurative because the person in your question might not be sitting tight physically, so 1.1 is the best definition. To rewrite your quote:

"OK, we will NOT take any action until the old man can give us the lead.

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