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lay store by (something or someone)

To have faith, confidence, or belief in someone or something; to care about, appreciate, or respect someone or something. I, however, have laid store by the promise of the afterlife, so I choose to lead my life piously and devoutly. I'm afraid my brother should be kept off the list of guests, as he's not one to lay great store by obeying social rules or etiquette. It's important to have close friends in life that you may lay store by when times are tough.
See also: lay, store

lay store in (something or someone)

To have faith, confidence, or belief in someone or something; to care about, appreciate, or respect someone or something. I, however, have laid store in the promise of the afterlife, so I choose to lead my life piously and devoutly. I'm afraid my brother should be kept off the list of guests, as he's not one to lay great store in obeying social rules or etiquette. It's important to have close friends in life that you may lay store in when times are tough.
See also: lay, store

lay (someone or something) to rest

1. To bury someone who has died. Paul will be laid to rest on Saturday, and I plan to go to the funeral service.
2. By extension, to stop or finish discussing, thinking about, or focusing on something. OK, I think we have to agree to disagree. Let's just lay the issue to rest and stop arguing. Why are you still being so jealous? I thought we'd laid this all to rest ages ago.
See also: lay, rest

lay waste to (something)

To destroy or ruin something. The fire laid waste to an entire block of houses. The plundering army assembled and made ready to lay waste to the kingdom.
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lie doggo

To be unseen. I couldn't find that picture because it had been lying doggo behind some boxes.
See also: doggo, lie

lie in wait

To await someone or something from a concealed position. When I'm walking alone at night, I'm always worried that attackers are just lying in wait for me.
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lie doggo

Fig. to remain unrecognized (for a long time). This problem has lain doggo since 1967. If you don't find the typos now, they will lie doggo until the next edition.
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lie in wait (for someone or something)

Fig. to stay still and hidden, waiting for someone or something. Bob was lying in wait for Anne so he could scold her about something. The assassin lay in wait for his target to approach.
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lie in wait

Remain hidden while preparing to attack, as in The opposition was quietly lying in wait for the incumbent to make his first big mistake. This expression originally alluded to physical attacks and is now often used figuratively. [Mid-1400s] Also see lay for.
See also: lie, wait

lie doggo

remain motionless or quiet. British
Lie doggo is of uncertain origin, but probably arose from a dog's habit of lying motionless or apparently asleep but nonetheless alert.
See also: doggo, lie

lie ˈdoggo

(old-fashioned, informal) be very still or hide somewhere so that you will not be found: I lay doggo in the yard while the police searched the house for me.
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lie in ˈwait

hide and wait for somebody so that you can attack them: The police think the murderer must have been lying in wait for his victim.
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lie doggo

(ˈlɑɪ ˈdɔgo)
in. to remain unrecognized (for a long time). (see also doggo. Old, but Standard English.) If you don’t find the typos now, they will lie doggo until the next edition.
See also: doggo, lie