lie down

(lay down)
vb
to surrender, abase oneself. A fashiona-ble euphemism in the late 1980s, partic-ularly in the contexts of business and politics. It normally had the sense of giv-ing up without a struggle in an adversarial situation. Sit down and bend over are used similarly.
I'm damned if I'm going to lie down for them.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • lie-down — (n.) period of rest reclining, 1840, from LIE (Cf. lie) (v.2) + DOWN (Cf. down) (adv.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lie down — n [singular] BrE a short rest, usually on a bed ▪ I m going upstairs to have a lie down …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Lie down — (or lying down) may refer to the:* Prone position (face down) * Supine position (face up) …   Wikipedia

  • lie down — index repose (rest) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lie-down — ► NOUN chiefly Brit. ▪ a short rest on a bed or sofa …   English terms dictionary

  • lie-down — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: lie down : a lying down or period of lying down : nap, rest * * * /luy down /, n. Chiefly Brit. a nap. [1830 40; n. use of v. phrase lie down …   Useful english dictionary

  • lie down — verb assume a reclining position (Freq. 11) lie down on the bed until you feel better • Syn: ↑lie • Ant: ↑arise • Hypernyms: ↑change posture …   Useful english dictionary

  • lie down — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms lie down : present tense I/you/we/they lie down he/she/it lies down present participle lying down past tense lay down past participle lain down 1) same as lie I, 1), a) Lie down and relax. I m going to go… …   English dictionary

  • lie down — v. (misc.) to take smt. lying down ( to accept smt. without protest ); to lie down on the job ( to work very little ) * * * [ laɪ daʊn] to lie down on the job ( to work very little ) (misc.) to take smt. lying down ( to accept smt. without… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • lie down — PHRASAL VERB When you lie down, you move into a horizontal position, usually in order to rest or sleep. [V P] Why don t you go upstairs and lie down for a bit? …   English dictionary

  • lie-down — N SING If you have a lie down, you have a short rest, usually in bed. [BRIT, INFORMAL] She had departed upstairs for a lie down …   English dictionary


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