lie down on the job

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lie down on the job

: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

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

  2. : to assume a horizontal position

  3. : to reside temporarily : stay for the night : lodge

  1. : lay

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

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

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

  2. : to create a false or misleading impression

  3. : 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

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

  3. : something that misleads or deceives

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : 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

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

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

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

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

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

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

job play
  1. : a regular remunerative position

  2. : a specific duty, role, or function

  3. : something that has to be done : task

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

  2. : to carry on public business for private gain

  3. : to carry on the business of a middleman or wholesaler

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

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

  3. : that is for hire for a given service or period

  1. : the hero of the book of Job who endures afflictions with fortitude and faith

  2. : a narrative and poetic book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture — see Bible Table


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