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Definition of downlying

1 now dialectal, England : the time or act of going to bed : time of repose
2 or less commonly downligging \ ˈ⸗ˌligə̇n , -​giŋ \, [downligging from down entry 2 + ligging, from gerund of lig] chiefly Scottish : lying-in

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History and Etymology for downlying

down entry 2 + lying, from gerund of lie

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“Downlying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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