lie by


lay by; lain by; lying by; lies by

intransitive verb

: to remain inactive : rest

Examples of lie by in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web David whistled to the dog in one clip, as the pooch lay by his head and snuggled up to him. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 Because the statements came long after Mosby signed the mortgage applications, and their awareness of several investigations focusing on their taxes, prosecutors argued the couple had motive to lie by that point. Jean Marbella, Baltimore Sun, 25 Jan. 2024 As described in the indictment, it was fueled by lies -- lies by the defendant targeted at obstructing a bedrock function of the U.S. government. ABC News, 24 Dec. 2023 The website’s claims were debunked as lies by KPBS in an article that fact-checked the content, but Stephan was not held accountable, let alone taken to task for these shameful and racially-motivated untruths. Geneviéve Jones-Wright, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2023 She was left lying by the front door, where a staff member found Ms. Antonio on the ground holding a can of alcohol, the report said. Jack Healy, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023 His German shepherd, Dora, lay by his side all night, whimpering. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 Jurors agreed with prosecutors that theft and lies by Bankman-Fried fueled FTX’s demise. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 Now, lying by a makeshift tent outside what was once his home, Mr. Ahmad, 40, was torn between the incomprehensible pain of losing his family and the tiny spark of hope that somewhere, somehow, his son might still be alive. Yaqoob Akbary, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lie by was in 1613

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“Lie by.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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