stay down

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stay down

To remain lying on the ground after being knocked down by someone else. Usually used as an imperative. You're no match for him, Steve—stay down! Listen here—our fighter is going to knock you down in the third round, and you're going to stay down, understand?
See also: down, stay

stay down

to remain in a prone, squatting, or sitting position. stay down until the danger is over. stay down so they won't see you.
See also: down, stay
References in classic literature ?
This subject race," said he, stamping firmly, "is down and shall stay down! We have energy enough to manage our own powder."
A second later Jessica has sprung from the front passenger seat and is pressing my face into the grey leather interior as she yells: "STAY DOWN! STAY DOWN!"
I'm thrown across the back seat, my head wedged between the offside passenger door and Jessica's shoulder as she screams: "STAY DOWN! STAY DOWN!"