lay someone low

lay (one) low

To render someone 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.
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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.
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lay someone low

1 (of an illness) reduce someone to inactivity. 2 bring to an end the high position or good fortune formerly enjoyed by someone.
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And I appreciate the suspicion that some of those dates on the front of packs of cooked meat and fresh pasta and yoghurts are utterly random and there purely to protect the retailer from litigation should a renegade quiche lay someone low.