take (something) lying down

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take (something) lying down

To accept or endure something without struggle, resistance, or opposition. (Often used in negative constructions.) You'll never be respected around here if you keep taking these taunts lying down. I will not take this lying down! You can expect to hear from my attorney.
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take something lying down

Fig. to endure something unpleasant without fighting back. He insulted me publicly. You don't expect me to take that lying down, do you? I'm not the kind of person who'll take something like that lying down.
See also: down, lying, take

take lying down

Submit to an insult, rebuke, or other harsh treatment without resisting, as in He won't take that snub lying down. This idiom uses lying down in the sense of "passively." [Late 1800s] Also see take it, def. 2.
See also: down, lying, take

take something lying down

accept an insult or injury without attempting retaliation.
1989 Shimmer Chinodya Harvest of Thorns She's boasting in front of me, laughing at me for being weak. Today she'll know I'm not going to take it lying down any longer.
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(not) take something lying ˈdown

(informal) accept an insult or offensive act without protesting or reacting: I’m not going to take this stupid decision lying down. If necessary, I’ll take the company to court.She’s the kind of person who won’t take defeat lying down. OPPOSITE: put up a (good) fight
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take lying down

Informal
To submit to harsh treatment with no resistance: refused to take the snub lying down.
See also: down, lying, take