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lay (one) low
To render one unable to move or leave their bed. The car accident laid her low for a couple of months. My husband won't be able to come in to work today—he's been laid low by the flu.
1. To be, make oneself, or remain hidden or inconspicuous; to avoid being found, detected, or scrutinized by others. (A common erroneous variation of the grammatically correct "lie low.") I'm sorry I haven't been around to see you lately, but with the police investigating the company I thought it would be better to lay low for a while. Jim and Colby are laying low with the goods. Once the heat from the cops eases up, they'll send the stuff over to us.
2. By extension, to keep to oneself; to avoid interactions with others. I think I'm just going to lay low at home this weekend—I don't really feel like going out at all.
lay someone low
Overcome someone, as in He laid him low with one good punch, or The flu laid us low for two weeks. [1300s] Also see lie low.
lay someone low1 (of an illness) reduce someone to inactivity. 2 bring to an end the high position or good fortune formerly enjoyed by someone.
lay somebody ˈlow(informal) (of an illness) cause somebody to go to bed or be unable to work normally: That flu laid her low for a couple of weeks.
1. To keep oneself or one's plans hidden.
2. To bide one's time but remain ready for action.
3. To cause to be dead or unable to get up from a lying position: How many soldiers were laid low in that battle? The flu has laid low thousands.