[ lahy-doun ]
/ ˈlaɪˌdaʊn /
noun Chiefly British.
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Origin of lie-down
First recorded in 1830–40; noun use of verb phrase lie down
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British Dictionary definitions for lie-down
verb (intr, adverb)
to place oneself or be in a prostrate position in order to rest or sleep
to accept without protest or opposition (esp in the phrases lie down under, take something lying down)
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Idioms and Phrases with lie-down
Also, lie down on the job. Be remiss or lazy. For example, They fired Max because he was always lying down on the job. This expression alludes to lying down in the sense of “resting.” [Early 1900s]
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