don't wallow

Meaning(s)

1. don't stay focused on a negative event

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don't wallow in the disappointment/bad news

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The verb 'to wallow' is to luxuriate or to indulge in a pleasurable activity. Wallow can also refer to what large mammals do when they lie in mud for a long time to keep cool. If someone tells you not to 'wallow' it means they are suggesting you move on or don't stay stuck in the condition you are in. You can say 'don't wallow in despair' or 'don't wallow in self-pity'. These are phrases you are more likely to hear in social conversations or among friends.

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  1. Don't wallow in the disappointment. You will find other opportunities, the man's wife told him when he was made redundant.
  2. My advice is don't wallow. Learn from this disappointment and move on, the mother advised her daughter when she failed a mathematics exam.

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  1. Don't wallow if you are not successful in getting the sale through instead, focus on where you went wrong and redouble your efforts.
  2. I used to wallow in the details of running this business but automation has freed my time up considerably.
  3. It took me a long time to become this successful so forgive me if I wallow in my achievements at times.

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