lie off

verb
lay off; lain off; lying off; lies off

Definition of lie off

intransitive verb

1 : to hold back in the early part of a race
2 : to keep a little away from the shore or another ship
3 : to cease work for a time

First Known Use of lie off

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lie off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lie%20off. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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