lie down

lay down; lain down; lying down; lies down

Definition of lie down

intransitive verb

1 : to submit meekly or abjectly to defeat, disappointment, or insult used chiefly in the phrase take (something) lying down… if Walker does get the go-ahead to implement his anti-union law, the teachers in Madison aren't going to take it lying down, Matthew says. They may walk out on the job again.— Matthew Rothschild
2 : to fail to perform or to neglect one's part deliberately used chiefly in the phrase lie down on the jobWhile the Sanitation Department was accused of lying down on the job, the police were accused of harassment …— Walter Thabit — see also lie entry 1 sense 1b

First Known Use of lie down

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lie down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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