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lay down

to give up. Do you expect me to just lay down? You really think I should just lay down and let them walk all over me?
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lay someone down

to ease someone into a reclining position; to ease someone into bed. The baby woke up when I tried to lay him down. The nurse laid the disturbed patient down time and time again.
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lay something down (on something)

to place something down on something. Lay the plates down on the table gently. Please lay down your book and listen to me.
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lay down something

also lay something down
to say or write something plainly The coach laid down the rules for all team members, including being at every practice and getting eight hours sleep.
Related vocabulary: set down something
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lay down

1. Give something up, surrender, as in They laid down their arms. [c. 1300]
2. Formulate, specify, as in The club laid down new membership rules. [Late 1400s]
3. Also, lay down one's life. Sacrifice one's life, as in He would willingly lay down his life for his children. [c. 1600]
4. Store for the future, as in It was a great vintage year for burgundy, and Mark laid down several cases. [Early 1800s] Also see lay aside, def. 2.
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lay down

v.
1. To put something in a horizontal or lying position: You can lay down the newspaper on the table. Lay the baby down in the crib.
2. To put down some weapon in order to surrender: The militants laid down their weapons. The protesters laid their signs down when the mayor came out to speak to them.
3. To specify something firmly: The first thing the counselor did was to lay down the rules for the campers. The club owner laid the business policies down for the employees.
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lay down

in. to give up. Do you expect me to just lay down?
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Therefore, it would not be easy for Eucalan to convince the committee to lay down their arms.
They probably thought we were going to come out here and lay down.
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On Remembrance Day, we honour those men and women who lay down their life, not just for friends, but for strangers.
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In an explanatory letter, Maurizio Turco, a member of the Radical Party and the author of the resolutions, notes that such unprecedented actions are necessary because of the Catholic Church's desire "to lay down the law" and to interfere with "national legislations on sexual and reproductive health.
Lay down, lay down,'' Bono wailed as the band launched into ``Love and Peace Or Else'' from their current album, ``How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:12, 13).
Finally, the drug started to kick in, and he just lay down by a trash can and went to sleep.
He was a bit unsteady, went to lay down, and was found unresponsive a short time later,'' Carrier said.
The Bible tell us, ``Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends.