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To sit on a tossup is to not buzz on a tossup after the point at which the answer becomes clear. Sitting commonly occurs when a player is just below their personal confidence threshold for buzzing and ends when they are either beaten to the question or when they hear information that confirms their initial guess.

Many buzzer races are won by players who were sitting on the correct answer and thus primed to buzz immediately on a crucial clue - as a result, only the loser perceives that there was a race at all.

Sitting is a major component of chicken, where multiple players are all sitting on a question in some combination of uncertainty and disbelief.