lie down

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lie down (third-person singular simple present lies down, present participle lying down, simple past lay down, past participle lain down)

  1. (intransitive) To assume a horizontal position.
    Antonym: get up
    Lie down on the bed until you feel better.
    1. A standard command to a herding dog to assume this position, owing to its effect on the herd's movement.
  2. (intransitive) To be lazy or remiss.
    He never got promoted because he was always lying down on the job.
    • 2012 May 9, John Percy, “Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3 on agg): match report”, in the Telegraph[1]:
      They may have finished 11 points behind West Ham and lost both league games, conceding eight goals, but the Tangerine dream remains alive. Holloway said: “We won’t get a bigger test than West Ham but we’ve got one chance. If you’d asked me last summer when I lost all those players I’d have said this was a dead duck, but we don’t lie down at this club.”
  3. (intransitive) To submit passively.
    I'm not going to lie down and take this!

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