[ lahy-in ]
/ ˈlaɪˌɪn /
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a protest demonstration in which participants lie down in a public place against regulations and resist being moved.
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Origin of lie-in

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

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[ 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

First recorded in 1865–70; noun use of verb phrase lie in
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British Dictionary definitions for lie-in

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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with lie-in

lie in


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]


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.

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