Definition of "do-nothing" [do•-noth•ing•do-nothing]

  • Offering no initiative for change, especially in politics. (adjective)
  • An idle or lazy person. (noun)

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Use "do-nothing" in a sentence
  • "Already on Thursday morning, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley went on the offensive against what he described as a do-nothing climate on Capitol Hill."
  • "Obama than has more campaign ammo to attack what he calls the "do-nothing Congress.""
  • "Republicans are doubling down on a legislative agenda that resembles last year's efforts to shrink the size and scope of government, and Obama is prepared to exploit a lack of legislative accomplishments as he runs against a so-called "do-nothing" Congress."