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lie heavy

1. To be suspended in air in significant amounts. Smoke lay heavy in the air of the cocktail lounge.
2. Of something negative, to linger or continue to be apparent in a way that is unpleasant or oppressive. This usage usually refers to something intangible, such as a quality or feeling. Tension lay heavy in the air after Kiki made her accusation.
3. To cause strong and lingering feelings of uneasiness. The documentary lay heavy on me for days after I watched it.
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 ?
But after the boys were abed, he sat long before his fire with the tired look on his face and the `heimweh', or homesickness, lying heavy at his heart.
Now, Clennam had two subjects lying heavy on his lonely mind that night; the one, his partner's long-deferred hope; the other, what he had seen and heard at his mother's.
Wiggling her toes against the weight of her stocking, lying heavy as a wet sandbag at the end of her bed, it felt as if Father Christmas had been generous and her father's shooting sock crackled with the promise of unopened presents.
With hair sticking up at all angles and the sleep lying heavy on their eyes on a week day, they just about manage to sit upright long enough to eat their breakfast before getting dressed in a daze.
Maybe the local staple of Old Spot sausages were lying heavy on their stomachs.
that carries too much shame to reveal lying heavy at the base of a steel
On the road home, a torrent of whistling wings caught my attention as I drove past a barley field still lying heavy in swath.
This will prevent snow lying heavy on them and ripping them off the main trunk.
The weight of un-invested funds to deploy after several quiet years is lying heavy on PE shoulders.
It is two main blocks of land, one on lower lying heavy clay at Otterburn and the other on enclosed limestone pasture rising to 1,500ft above sea level at Malham.
But he blamed the weight of expectation lying heavy on his players for their latest setback.
if the curry's lying heavy at three in the morning.
Perhaps the weight of Andrew's record was lying heavy on his shoulders.