lie 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
References in classic literature ?
said Joe, "and if the Scotchman found it lie heavy on his stomach, he got no more than he deserved.
Anne of Austria rose; she herself was anxious to have the question of the forty millions settled -- the question which seemed to lie heavy on the mind of every one.
What added to my wretchedness was the loss of my little infant: not that I pretend to have had for it that extravagant tenderness of which I believe I might have been capable under other circumstances; but I resolved, in every instance, to discharge the duty of the tenderest mother; and this care prevented me from feeling the weight of that heaviest of all things, when it can be at all said to lie heavy on our hands.
The shadow does indeed seem to lie heavy on some of you.
I don't think I could have done more, then, without letting my hold on father go; but they sometimes lie heavy on my mind.
He said that his health state will lie heavy on the conscience of the Republican Party of Armenia, president Serzh Sarysyan and
It brings wonderful warmth and comfort, yet can Lie heavy and binding as chain mail crushing Your very heart and soul.
The mother-of-three is currently appearing on Living TV and insists being a psychic has never been a burden although the responsibility does lie heavy on her shoulders.
Woolen shawls lie heavy on the shoulders of old women, and old men wrap their bodies in blankets.
Five years later, Australian peacekeeping troops brought an end to the killings, but the conflict and its consequences still lie heavy on the land and its people.
So, when Cunningham leads out his young side into the stadium this afternoon, the responsibility will lie heavy on his shoulders.
Each fluffy pancake was an even golden-brown and although firm to touch they did not lie heavy in my stomach.
Bearing in mind the amount of time that must lie heavy on her beautifully-manicured hands, it's not too surprising that the Princess has over-done it a little in the enjoyment stakes.
But the burden of the challenges still ahead lie heavy.
The burdens lie heavy on Selvadurai's heroine, who burns to do more than just marry the man her father has in mind.