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lay down

1. 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.
2. To yield, submit, or surrender something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "down." We need to play hard today—these guys aren't just going to lay down their championship title without a fight. Gentlemen, lay down your arms! There's been a truce.
3. 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.
4. To keep or save something for the future. You should lay down part of each paycheck and put it into a retirement fund.
5. To fully recline, as on a bed or couch; to get into a horizontal position. (This is a common misspelling of the proper term "lie down.") I need to lay down—my head is pounding. She said she didn't sleep well last night and went upstairs to lay down.
6. To give up; to quit or surrender. (This is a common misspelling of the proper term "lie down.") Come on, you can beat this disease. You can't just lay down and die!
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lie down

1. To recline; to be prostrate. (Note: The past tense of this phrase, "lay down," is often mistakenly used as an alternative to the phrase in the present 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.
2. To give up; to quit or surrender. Come on, you can beat this disease. You can't just lie down and die! We have to be ready to put everything we've got into this game. The other team's not going to just lie down and let us win, after all!
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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!" At the soft-murmured words that were fulfilled In the seraphic glancing of thine eyes -- Of all who owe thee most -- whose gratitude Nearest resembles worship -- oh, remember The truest -- the most fervently devoted, And think that these weak lines are written by him -- By him who, as he pens them, thrills to think His spirit is communing with an angel's.
Summary: Betul (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Aug 20 (ANI): In a video that has gone viral, a school teacher was seen lying down and sleeping on chairs in an inebriated state in a classroom in Betul.
If I lie down, he responds to my line while lying down as well, the reason why I could improve so comfortably,' the lead actress recalled.
"It looked like there was someone lying down. So I knocked again and put my head around the door and there was indeed somebody lying down - it was not one person but two."
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.
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THE idea that lying down while giving birth is a bad thing has been challenged by researchers.
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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.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Two teenagers were killed in the southern province of Antalya after being run over by a truck reportedly while lying down on the road to take a "selfie" with planes taking off from Antalya airport.
Great-granny Louie, 77, took an overdose before lying down for good above her beloved Norman.
Synopsis: Offering a fresh perspective on immediate presence and embodied spiritual practice, "The Four Dignities: The Spiritual Practice of Walking, Standing, Sitting and Lying Down" shows how the mindful cultivation of four everyday activities--walking, standing, sitting, and lying down--can be used as formal practice to develop greater vitality and spiritual awakening.
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.
When the townspeople begin arguing about how the mezuzah should be placed (standing up or lying down?), they take their disagreement to the rabbi.