hang/lie heavy

hang heavy

1. To be very noticeable and displeasing. This usage usually refers to something that is not tangible, such as a quality or feeling. Tension hung heavy in the air after Kiki made her accusation.
2. To cause someone to feel uneasy. Guilt hung heavy on me after I called out of work to go to a concert.
See also: hang, heavy

lie heavy

1. To be very noticeable and displeasing. This usage usually refers to something that is not tangible, such as a quality or feeling. Tension lay heavy in the air after Kiki made her accusation.
2. To cause someone to feel uneasy. Guilt lay heavy on me after I called out of work to go to a concert.
See also: heavy, lie

hang/lie ˈheavy (on somebody/something)


1 (of a feeling or something in the air) be very noticeable in a particular place in a way that is unpleasant: Smoke lay heavy on the far side of the water.Despair hangs heavy on the air.
2 make somebody/something feel uncomfortable or anxious: The crime lay heavy on her conscience.
See also: hang, heavy, lie