lie down


lay down; lain down; lying down; lies down

intransitive verb

: 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
: to fail to perform or to neglect one's part deliberately
used chiefly in the phrase lie down on the job
While 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

Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lie down was in 1888

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“Lie down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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