lie down

lie down
assume a reclining position (Freq. 11)

lie down on the bed until you feel better

Syn: ↑lie
Ant: ↑arise
Hypernyms: ↑change posture
Hyponyms: ↑stretch, ↑stretch out, ↑charge, ↑prostrate, ↑bow down
Verb Group: ↑lie
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s


Somebody ——s PP

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lie down [phrasal verb]
1 : to move from a standing or sitting position to a flat position on a surface

Lie down on the couch/bed.

I'm tired. I'm going to lie down.

The police ordered him to lay down his weapons and lie down on the ground.

2 lie down on the job : to fail to do your job : to neglect your responsibilities

He says pollution has been getting worse because government regulators have been lying down on the job.

◇ To take something lying down is to accept something bad, such as an insult or unfair treatment, without trying to fight against it.

He vowed that he would not take the court's decision lying down. [=that he would fight against the court's decision]

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Main Entry:lie

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ˌlie ˈdown derived
to be or get into a flat position, especially in bed, in order to sleep or rest

Go and lie down for a while.

He lay down on the sofa and soon fell asleep.

related noun lie-down
Main entry:liederived

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