lay low


Definition of lay low

transitive verb

1 : to bring or strike to earth : fell hurricane winds are likely to lay low the ballon
2 : to knock out of a fight or out of action flu had laid him low
3 : kill laid low six or seven jackdaws— Ian Niall

intransitive verb

: to lie low

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