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lie before (someone or something)

1. To physically exist in front or ahead of someone or something. As we trudged through the desert, it looked as though a magnificent oasis lay before us, but it was just a mirage, some accursed trick of the sun. Some worrisome footprints lie before our front door—I hope we've not been burgled!
2. To be or exist in the future of someone or something. One should never presume to know what may lie before them, as life is far often more fickle than that.
See also: before, lie

lie at (one's) door

To be one's responsibility. Typically said of something negative. I'm the coach, and I called a bad play, so any blame for this loss lies at my door.
See also: door, lie

lie ahead of (someone or something)

1. To be physically located in front or ahead of someone or something. As we trudged through the desert, it looked as though a magnificent oasis lay ahead of us, but it was just a mirage, some accursed trick of the sun. The mountains lie ahead of a vast prairieland.
2. To be or exist in the future of someone or something. One should never presume to know what may lie ahead of them.
See also: ahead, lie, of

lie at the bottom of (something)

To be the fundamental cause of something. Stubbornness lies at the bottom of every unresolved disagreement.
See also: bottom, lie, of

lie behind (someone or something)

1. To be positioned behind someone or something. The gym lies behind the school.
2. To be in the past. Don't be concerned about what lies behind you, only what lies ahead. Everything that lies behind us is what makes us who we are—the good and the bad.
See also: behind, lie

lie down on the job

To not work as hard as one should; to shirk one's responsibilities. If you lie down on the job again, you can be sure you'll be fired—there are plenty of guys who'd take your place in a minute.
See also: down, job, lie, on

lie down

to recline. Why don't you lie down for a while? I need to lie down and have a little snooze.
See also: down, lie

lie down on the job

 and lay down on the job
Fig. to do one's job poorly or not at all. (Lay is a common error for lie.) Tom was fired because he was laying down on the job. You mean he was lying down on the job, don't you?
See also: down, job, lie, on

take something lying down

Fig. to endure something unpleasant without fighting back. He insulted me publicly. You don't expect me to take that lying down, do you? I'm not the kind of person who'll take something like that lying down.
See also: down, lying, take

lie down

Also, lie down on the job. Be remiss or lazy. For example, They fired Max because he was always lying down on the job. This expression alludes to lying down in the sense of "resting." [Early 1900s]
See also: down, lie

take lying down

Submit to an insult, rebuke, or other harsh treatment without resisting, as in He won't take that snub lying down. This idiom uses lying down in the sense of "passively." [Late 1800s] Also see take it, def. 2.
See also: down, lying, take

not take something lying down

COMMON If something bad is happening and you say that you will not take it lying down, you mean that you will complain about it or fight against it. It is clear that he means to push everyone out who does not agree with him, and I for one am not going to take it lying down. They still say there's nothing wrong at all with their systems. I don't take these things lying down, so I complained several times by letter.
See also: down, lying, not, something, take

take something lying down

accept an insult or injury without attempting retaliation.
1989 Shimmer Chinodya Harvest of Thorns She's boasting in front of me, laughing at me for being weak. Today she'll know I'm not going to take it lying down any longer.
See also: down, lying, something, take

lie down on the ˈjob

(informal) not do a job properly: I’m not going to employ anybody here who lies down on the job. I only want people who work hard.
See also: down, job, lie, on

(not) take something lying ˈdown

(informal) accept an insult or offensive act without protesting or reacting: I’m not going to take this stupid decision lying down. If necessary, I’ll take the company to court.She’s the kind of person who won’t take defeat lying down. OPPOSITE: put up a (good) fight
See also: down, lying, something, take

lie down

v.
To place the body in a flat, horizontal position; recline: The dog usually lies down in front of the fireplace. After lunch, I lay down under a tree and fell asleep. I had just lain down when the phone rang.
See also: down, lie

take lying down

Informal
To submit to harsh treatment with no resistance: refused to take the snub lying down.
See also: down, lying, take
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The researchers suggest this may partly be explained by the fact that lying also involves suppressing the truth.
The truth about lying is that we all do it much more than most of us care to admit.
Even after receiving therapy in addition to other steps to get back on track, Blair admits he has to continuously guard against lying.
Yet on other occasions, lying in its negative sense is linked to race, or to racial epithet, though Hurston again attempts to discount the specifically racialized nature of the comment with a footnote: "The word Nigger used in this sense does not mean race.
This would require psychometric adjustments such as collecting empirical validating data in the general population, thus not limiting the data analysis just to those who may have been "caught" cheating, lying, or misbehaving.
Well, a professor of Philosophy at Washington and Lee University insists that there is far less real lying in society than people might think.
A president can be impeached for lying under oath but not for lying or poor judgement.
Its editor Christabel Smith said, ``Modern women just can't stop lying.
Lying requires the deceiver to keep facts straight, make the story believable, and withstand scrutiny.
It's so easy to determine that he's lying, you have to wonder if he wants to be found out.
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Washington, Aug 8 (ANI): Defying conventional wisdom about how and why people lie, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts has said in his new book that lying is common, and people willingly accept and often welcome the lies they are told because it takes a lot of work to identify lying and liars.
And yet gaze aversion, like other commonly held stereotypes about liars, isn't correlated with lying at all, studies have shown.
6 Sissela Bok, Lying, Moral Choice in Public and Private Life, (New York: Vintage, 1989) 92.
Because reporters were not yet accustomed to presidents lying, they backed off.