lie down and die

lie down and die

To quit; to give up hope or ambition. (Often erroneously spoken or written as "lay down and die," unless done as the past tense of this phrase.) We might have had an unexpected loss in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean this team is ready to just lie down and die!
See also: and, die, down, lie
References in classic literature ?
I will go on till my legs fail, and I'll lie down and die somewhere, and shall at last reach that eternal, quiet haven, where there is neither sorrow nor sighing.
I felt I could drag myself but little farther; pretty soon, I must lie down and die on these wet mountains like a sheep or a fox, and my bones must whiten there like the bones of a beast.
One was to save himself, and the other to lie down and die by Nada.
if we live to reach the country once again, if we get clear of these dreadful places, though it is only to lie down and die, with what a grateful heart I shall thank God for so much mercy
He should have taken her away, even if it were to lie down and die of starvation in the gutters of Chicago's streets
I will obey you like your wretched slave, even if it is to lie down and die.
Having found it, I shall bear it to a certain cavern that I wot of, and there, grasping it in my arms, lie down and die, and keep it buried with me forever.
Were it not better to lie down and die by your side than to return safe and say this to Dorcas?