lie in wait

Definition of lie in wait

  1. :  to hide and wait for the right moment to make an attack The killer may have been lying in wait for him. —sometimes used figuratively No one knows what lies in wait for us in the coming year.

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

waitplay
  1. :  to stay in place in expectation of :  await

    :  to delay serving (a meal)

    :  to serve as waiter for

  1. :  a state or attitude of watchfulness and expectancy

    :  one of a band of public musicians in England employed to play for processions or public entertainments

    :  one of a group who serenade for gratuities especially at the Christmas season


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