lie over


lay over; lain over; lying over; lies over

intransitive verb

: to await disposal or attention at a later time

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are definitely complexities that lay over that. USA Today, 23 Mar. 2023 One of the deputies appears to lie over Otieno to keep him still. Bill Atkinson, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2023 The non-rotating structures have vents and internal fans that suck in the thin layer of air lying over the surface of the wing. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2023 Two lakes likely lie over 2,000 feet below. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2018 However, the nature of storm cells in the second batch may be more scattered than widespread, and the most unstable air may lie over the Bay and further east. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 During each takeoff and landing, troops on the ground were instructed to lie over the prone faux-casualty in their care to shield them from the chilly blasts of wind kicked off the rotor wash. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Oct. 2021 However, there is a chance that one of its effects will be to better prepare the world for whatever hellish surprises lie over the horizon. David Meyer, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2021 The area, known as the coastal plain, is thought to lie over as much as 11 billion barrels of oil., 1 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lie over was circa 1847

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“Lie over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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