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lie low

1. To be, make oneself, or remain hidden or inconspicuous; to avoid being found, detected, or scrutinized by others. (Also worded as "lay 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 lie low for a while.
2. By extension, to keep to oneself; to avoid interactions with others. I think I'm just going to lie low at home this weekend, I don't really feel like going out at all.
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lie low

 and lay low
Fig. to keep quiet and not be noticed; to avoid being conspicuous. (Lay is a common error for lie.) I suggest you lie low for a few days. The robber said that he would lay low for a short time after the robbery.
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lie low

Also lay low. Keep oneself or one's plans hidden; bide one's time to act. For example, The children lay low, hoping their prank would soon be forgotten, or The senator decided to lay low until his opponent had committed herself to raising taxes . This expression calls up the image of a hunter concealed in the brush, waiting for game. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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lie low

COMMON If you lie low, you hide or you take care not to make people notice you. Far from lying low, Kuti became more outspoken than ever. Their plan had been to move by night only, to lie low, to avoid contact.
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lie low

(especially of a criminal) keep out of sight; avoid detection or attention.
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lie ˈlow

(informal) hide or keep quiet for a short time: The thieves lay low for a few days in a farmhouse, then tried to leave the country with the money.
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They couldn't help but attract attention, although Jennifer was trying to lie low from onlookers," the source said.
I've heard from people in his class that he's going to try to lie low and just try and get a lot of work in for his finals.
Has his friend the future Archbishop of Canterbury has asked him to lie low or is he a coward?
As he has ironically noted, "I thought I'd just lie low in the bushes and ambush some of those other feature filmmakers.
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Lord Lucan's brother has told the Mirror that he fled to Africa, which you wouldn't think is the best place in the world to lie low in if you're white, worth around pounds 50million and top of the gonemissing list.
Villagers said the refugees shot and killed two rebel fighters a few days ago near the town of Bafwasende, but mostly the Rwandans seem to be trying to lie low and make their way home through the bush.
You bash your way through life, then lie low and live in luxury.
Halfway up, a 10-foot-long split in the trunk undoubtedly housed raccoons, which do not hibernate in the winter but will lie low during severe weather, relying on stored body fat.
I am very much hoping that we will be able to share a platform with Lib Dems, Greens and others but Clegg should lie low for a bit.