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

Origin of lie-in

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

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[ lahy-in ]

nounChiefly British.
  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use lie-in in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lie in

lie in

verb(intr, adverb)
  1. to remain in bed late in the morning

  2. to be confined in childbirth

  1. a long stay in bed in the morning

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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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]

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