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lay store by (something or someone)
To have faith, confidence, or belief in someone or something; to care about, appreciate, or respect someone or something. I, however, have laid store by the promise of the afterlife, so I choose to lead my life piously and devoutly. I'm afraid my brother should be kept off the list of guests, as he's not one to lay great store by obeying social rules or etiquette. It's important to have close friends in life that you may lay store by when times are tough.
lay store in (something or someone)
To have faith, confidence, or belief in someone or something; to care about, appreciate, or respect someone or something. I, however, have laid store in the promise of the afterlife, so I choose to lead my life piously and devoutly. I'm afraid my brother should be kept off the list of guests, as he's not one to lay great store in obeying social rules or etiquette. It's important to have close friends in life that you may lay store in when times are tough.
lay (someone or something) to rest
1. To bury someone who has died. Paul will be laid to rest on Saturday, and I plan to go to the funeral service.
2. By extension, to stop or finish discussing, thinking about, or focusing on something. OK, I think we have to agree to disagree. Let's just lay the issue to rest and stop arguing. Why are you still being so jealous? I thought we'd laid this all to rest ages ago.
lay waste to (something)
To destroy or ruin something. The fire laid waste to an entire block of houses. The plundering army assembled and made ready to lay waste to the kingdom.
To be unseen. I couldn't find that picture because it had been lying doggo behind some boxes.
lie in wait
To await someone or something from a concealed position. When I'm walking alone at night, I'm always worried that attackers are just lying in wait for me.
1. To tell a falsehood or mistruth about (something). I know you spent the money, I just don't understand why you feel you need to lie about it to me. While a bit of embellishment is all right, never lie about your experience on a résumé.
2. To recline or loiter lazily; to loaf. You can't just lie about here all summer long. Either find a job and start paying rent, or find somewhere else to live. My friends and I always loved lying about at the lake near our neighborhood when we were kids.
3. To be placed or located in a haphazard or careless location or position. Usually used in the continuous tense. You can't leave such sensitive information lying about—someone could see it who's not meant to. Why are all these boxes lying about? Someone could trip over them!
To recline; to be prostrate. (Be careful not to make the common mistake of saying or writing "lay down" instead, unless you are speaking solely in the past tense.) I'm going to go lie down for a little while. Wake me before dinner, all right? I lay down beneath the shade of the sycamore and watched the rowboats in the canal drift by.
1. verb To recline or rest in a flat position in or inside of something. When I came in, I saw all my important papers lying in a pool of water on the kitchen floor.
2. obsolescent, verb Of a pregnant woman, to be confined in the hospital while in labor or waiting to give birth to her child. The thing I'm dreading most about having an induction is having to lie in for the entire day waiting for the labor to set in.
3. verb To come about from or be the result of something; to depend on something. The success of out campaign lies in establishing trust among rural voters. The fate of the company lies in the banker's hands.
4. noun A prolonged stay in one's bed in the morning. Often hyphenated. Primarily heard in US. Your mum's having a lie in this morning, so we need to be extra quiet downstairs. I love having a long lie-in on Sundays.
lie in state
Of a deceased person's body, to be on public display so that citizens are able to mourn before the body is buried. The body of the ruthless dictator lay in state for two weeks, and public mourning was enforced by his son, who has taken over the leadership position.
lie in store
To be awaiting (one) or prepared (for one). No one knows what lies in store, but we can try to prepare accordingly. There are many adventures lying in store for you, but first you must complete your training.
lie with (one)
1. Literally, to recline alongside one. He lay with me on the rug while we listened to music.
2. To be decided by one; to depend on or rest with one; to be up to one. You know where we stand, but the decision ultimately lies with you. I'd feel better about this if the success of the whole thing didn't lie with someone we don't know.
3. old-fashioned A euphemism meaning to have sexual intercourse with one. He giggled when I asked if he wanted to lie with me. I guess it's not something most college students would say.
1. [for someone] to recline lazily somewhere. She just lay about through her entire vacation. Don't lie about all the time. Get busy.
2. [for something] to be located somewhere casually and carelessly, perhaps for a long time. This hammer has been lying about for a week. Put it away! Why are all these dirty dishes lying about?
lie about someone or something (to someone)
to say something untrue about someone or something to someone. I wouldn't lie about my boss to anyone! I wouldn't lie about anything like that!
Fig. to remain unrecognized (for a long time). This problem has lain doggo since 1967. If you don't find the typos now, they will lie doggo until the next edition.
to recline. Why don't you lie down for a while? I need to lie down and have a little snooze.
[for a woman] to lie in bed awaiting the birth of her child. The child is due soon, and the mother is lying in at the present time. She did not lie in at all. She worked right up to the onset of labor pains.
lie in something
to recline in something, such as a bed, a puddle, etc. I found my wallet lying in a puddle. My money was soaked! We found Jimmy lying in a pile of leaves, napping.
lie in state
[for a dead body] to be on display for public mourning. The president will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Mourners filed past the leader where he lay in state.
lie in store
(for someone) Go to in store (for someone).
lie in wait (for someone or something)
Fig. to stay still and hidden, waiting for someone or something. Bob was lying in wait for Anne so he could scold her about something. The assassin lay in wait for his target to approach.
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]
1. Be in confinement for childbirth, as in She thought she'd be lying in by next week. This usage is probably dying out. The name of Boston's Lying-In Hospital was changed to Women's Hospital in the 1970s. [Mid-1400s]
2. Also, lie in one's hands or in one's power . Rest or depend on something or someone, as in The solution lies in research, or The decision lies in the President's hands, or It does not lie in my power to turn this situation around. [Mid-1300s] Also see lie in wait; lie through one's teeth.
lie in state
see under in state.
lie in wait
Remain hidden while preparing to attack, as in The opposition was quietly lying in wait for the incumbent to make his first big mistake. This expression originally alluded to physical attacks and is now often used figuratively. [Mid-1400s] Also see lay for.
lie doggoremain motionless or quiet. British
Lie doggo is of uncertain origin, but probably arose from a dog's habit of lying motionless or apparently asleep but nonetheless alert.
lie in state(of the corpse of a person of national importance) be laid in a public place of honour before burial.
lie ˈdoggo(old-fashioned, informal) be very still or hide somewhere so that you will not be found: I lay doggo in the yard while the police searched the house for me.
lie in ˈstate(of the body of an important person) be placed for people to see before it is buried
lie in ˈstore (for somebody)(of events, etc.) be waiting to happen (to somebody): I wonder what lies in store for us in our new life in California.
lie in ˈwaithide and wait for somebody so that you can attack them: The police think the murderer must have been lying in wait for his victim.
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.
1. To recline or rest in something: He lies in bed. The book lay in a puddle of mud.
2. To consist of or have something as a basis: Our continued success lies in our commitment to service.
lie doggo(ˈlɑɪ ˈdɔgo)
in. to remain unrecognized (for a long time). (see also doggo. Old, but Standard English.) If you don’t find the typos now, they will lie doggo until the next edition.