lie-in

1
[ lahy-in ]
/ ˈlaɪˌɪn /

noun

a protest demonstration in which participants lie down in a public place against regulations and resist being moved.

Origin of lie-in

1
First recorded in 1960–65; see origin at lie2, -in3

Definition for lie in (2 of 3)

lie-in

2
[ lahy-in ]
/ ˈlaɪˌɪn /

noun Chiefly British.

an act or instance of staying in bed longer than usual, especially in the morning.

Origin of lie-in

2
First recorded in 1865–70; noun use of verb phrase lie in

Definition for lie in (3 of 3)

lie

2
[ lahy ]
/ laɪ /

verb (used without object), lay, lain, ly·ing.

noun

Verb Phrases

Origin of lie

2
before 900; Middle English lien, liggen, Old English licgan; cognate with German liegen, Dutch liggen, Old Norse liggja, Gothic ligan; akin to Greek léchesthai to lie down

Usage note

See lay1.
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British Dictionary definitions for lie in (1 of 4)

lie in


verb (intr, adverb)

to remain in bed late in the morning
to be confined in childbirth

noun lie-in

a long stay in bed in the morning

British Dictionary definitions for lie in (2 of 4)

Lie

/ (liː) /

noun

Trygve Halvdan (ˈtryɡvə ˈhalðan). 1896–1968, Norwegian statesman; first secretary-general of the United Nations (1946–52)

British Dictionary definitions for lie in (3 of 4)

lie

1
/ (laɪ) /

verb lies, lying or lied

(intr) to speak untruthfully with intent to mislead or deceive
(intr) to convey a false impression or practise deceptionthe camera does not lie

noun

an untrue or deceptive statement deliberately used to mislead
something that is deliberately intended to deceive
give the lie to
  1. to disprove
  2. to accuse of lying

Related forms

Related adjective: mendacious

Word Origin for lie

Old English lyge (n), lēogan (vb); related to Old High German liogan, Gothic liugan

British Dictionary definitions for lie in (4 of 4)

lie

2
/ (laɪ) /

verb lies, lying, lay (leɪ) or lain (leɪn) (intr)

noun

Word Origin for lie

Old English licgan akin to Old High German ligen to lie, Latin lectus bed

xref

See lay 1
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Medicine definitions for lie in

lie

[ lī ]

n.

The manner or position in which something is situated, especially the relation that the long axis of a fetus bears to that of its mother.
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Idioms and Phrases with lie in (1 of 2)

lie in


1

Be in confinement for childbirth, as in She thought she'd be lying in by next week. This usage is probably dying out. The name of Boston's Lying-In Hospital was changed to Women's Hospital in the 1970s. [Mid-1400s]

2

Also, lie in one's hands or in one's power. Rest or depend on something or someone, as in The solution lies in research, or The decision lies in the President's hands, or It does not lie in my power to turn this situation around. [Mid-1300s] Also see lie in wait; lie through one's teeth.

Idioms and Phrases with lie in (2 of 2)

lie


In addition to the idioms beginning with lie

  • lie down
  • lie in
  • lie in state
  • lie in wait
  • lie low
  • lie through one's teeth
  • lie with

also see:

  • barefaced lie
  • give the lie to
  • (lie) in state
  • lay of the land (how the land lies)
  • let sleeping dogs lie
  • make one's bed and lie in it
  • take lying down
  • white lie
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