lie down on the job

Definition of lie down on the job

  1. :  to fail to do one's job :  to neglect one's responsibilities He says pollution has been getting worse because government regulators have been lying down on the job.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position :  be prostrate :  rest, recline

    :  to reside temporarily :  stay for the night :  lodge

    :  to remain inactive (as in concealment)

  1. :  lay

    :  the position or situation in which something lies (see 1lie)

    :  the haunt of an animal (such as a fish) :  covert

  1. :  to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

    :  to create a false or misleading impression

    :  to bring about by telling lies

  1. :  an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker or writer to be untrue with intent to deceive

    :  an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker or writer

    :  something that misleads or deceives

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. :  down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. :  to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

    :  to cause to fall by or as if by shooting :  bring down

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

    :  a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down

  1. :  a regular remunerative position

    :  a specific duty, role, or function

    :  something that has to be done :  task

  1. :  to do odd or occasional pieces of work for hire

    :  to carry on public business for private gain

    :  to carry on the business of a middleman or wholesaler

  1. :  of or relating to a job or to employment

    :  used in, engaged in, or done as job work

    :  that is for hire for a given service or period


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