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lay down

1. To fully recline, as on a bed or couch; to get into a horizontal position. I need to lay down—my head is pounding. She said she didn't sleep well last night and went upstairs to lay down.
2. To set or put someone or something down. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "down." I just laid the baby down in the bassinette, so try not to make too much noise. Lay those magazines down on the coffee table, please. Gentlemen, lay down your arms! There's been a truce.
3. To yield or submit. We need to play hard today—these guys aren't just going to lay down and let us take the championship.
4. To give a directive or order. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "down." As the CEO, you lay down the rules for the entire company.
5. To keep or save something for the future. You should lay down part of each paycheck and put it into a retirement fund.
See also: down, lay

lie down

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.
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lay someone down

to ease someone into a reclining position; to ease someone into bed. The baby woke up when I tried to lay him down. The nurse laid the disturbed patient down time and time again.
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lay something down (on something)

to place something down on something. Lay the plates down on the table gently. Please lay down your book and listen to me.
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lay down

to give up. Do you expect me to just lay down? You really think I should just lay down and let them walk all over me?
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lie down

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

1. Give something up, surrender, as in They laid down their arms. [c. 1300]
2. Formulate, specify, as in The club laid down new membership rules. [Late 1400s]
3. Also, lay down one's life. Sacrifice one's life, as in He would willingly lay down his life for his children. [c. 1600]
4. Store for the future, as in It was a great vintage year for burgundy, and Mark laid down several cases. [Early 1800s] Also see lay aside, def. 2.
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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]
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lay down

v.
1. To put something in a horizontal or lying position: You can lay down the newspaper on the table. Lay the baby down in the crib.
2. To put down some weapon in order to surrender: The militants laid down their weapons. The protesters laid their signs down when the mayor came out to speak to them.
3. To specify something firmly: The first thing the counselor did was to lay down the rules for the campers. The club owner laid the business policies down for the employees.
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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.
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lay down

in. to give up. Do you expect me to just lay down?
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References in classic literature ?
above all, For the resurrection of deep-buried faith In Truth -- in Virtue -- in Humanity -- Of all who, on Despair's unhallowed bed Lying down to die, have suddenly arisen At thy soft-murmured words, "Let there be light
I felt like I needed a long lie down after the first, everyonehas-got-so-much-going-on (and mostly going wrong) episode - which was strange, because I was watching it lying down.
However, just to reassure you, I'd like to tell you about a new study in which women in the second stage of labour, who had been given an epidural to ease their pain, were studied in the upright versus the lying down position.
THE idea that lying down while giving birth is a bad thing has been challenged by researchers.
Women were randomly allocated an upright or lying down position (lying on the left or right side) during the later stages of labour.
This idea of taking stress lying down is one that is linked to the Alexander technique -- a practice that helps change long-standing habits that cause unnecessary tension.
down to this moment and my lying down in this moment?
A team from Scotland's Rural College wanted to find out if the length of time cows spend lying down and standing up affects their health or happiness.
Well, then wait until that person is lying down, for a new study has revealed that people handle anger differently when they're lying on their backs, compared with sitting upright.
She said: 'I would urge the people of Wales to learn the lesson from my mistake - don't take back pain lying down.
Don't take back pain lying down is the message, and I hope the campaign helps any of you who suffer in this way.
We might be tempted to use lie because it seems we're talking about lying down.
The diuretic drug furosemide cleared most of the fluid from his lungs and he was able to sleep lying down in bed that night.
The session, which may last up to two hours, begins with the client comfortably dressed and lying down on a futon-style mat.
Taking a hot bath and massaging the legs before lying down does away with these sensations for some.