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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
leave...lying about
▪ Don’t leave tools lying about.
lying idle
▪ I cannot afford to leave the land lying idle.
lying prostrate
▪ They found him lying prostrate on the floor.
take sth lying down
▪ We are not going to take this verdict lying down. There will be protests.
▪ And, on yer bike: The charity rider who's taking it all lying down.
▪ But Will took it lying down - all in a good cause of course.
▪ Carl however was too active mentally to take this lying down.
▪ Mr Estrada has not taken the storm lying down.
▪ Perhaps you're not a person to take criticism lying down and you have had some sharp exchanges with your friend.
▪ The Socialists, though, are not taking it lying down.
▪ They're not taking it lying down.
▪ They are not taking things lying down as many other Third World people tend to do.
▪ He also faces a possible Justice Department investigation on lying to Congress.
▪ I felt a slight tap on my right foot, it was the Commando lying next to me.
▪ It is Gunn's memories of his friends lying dying in hospital beds which inspires this verse.
▪ The man lifted up the newspaper, which was lying open on the counter.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lie \Lie\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lied (l[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Lying (l[imac]"[i^]ng).] [OE. lien, li[yogh]en, le[yogh]en, leo[yogh]en, AS. le['o]gan; akin to D. liegen, OS. & OHG. liogan, G. l["u]gen, Icel. lj[=u]ga, Sw. ljuga, Dan. lyve, Goth. liugan, Russ. lgate.] To utter falsehood with an intention to deceive; to say or do that which is intended to deceive another, when he a right to know the truth, or when morality requires a just representation.


Lie \Lie\, v. i. [imp. Lay (l[=a]); p. p. Lain (l[=a]n), ( Lien (l[imac]"[e^]n), Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Lying.] [OE. lien, liggen, AS. licgan; akin to D. liggen, OHG. ligen, licken, G. liegen, Icel. liggja, Sw. ligga, Dan. ligge, Goth. ligan, Russ. lejate, L. lectus bed, Gr. le`chos bed, le`xasqai to lie. Cf. Lair, Law, Lay, v. t., Litter, Low, adj.]

  1. To rest extended on the ground, a bed, or any support; to be, or to put one's self, in an horizontal position, or nearly so; to be prostate; to be stretched out; -- often with down, when predicated of living creatures; as, the book lies on the table; the snow lies on the roof; he lies in his coffin.

    The watchful traveler . . . Lay down again, and closed his weary eyes.

  2. To be situated; to occupy a certain place; as, Ireland lies west of England; the meadows lie along the river; the ship lay in port.

  3. To abide; to remain for a longer or shorter time; to be in a certain state or condition; as, to lie waste; to lie fallow; to lie open; to lie hid; to lie grieving; to lie under one's displeasure; to lie at the mercy of the waves; the paper does not lie smooth on the wall.

  4. To be or exist; to belong or pertain; to have an abiding place; to consist; -- with in.

    Envy lies between beings equal in nature, though unequal in circumstances.

    He that thinks that diversion may not lie in hard labor, forgets the early rising and hard riding of huntsmen.

  5. To lodge; to sleep.

    Whiles I was now trifling at home, I saw London, . . . where I lay one night only.

    Mr. Quinion lay at our house that night.

  6. To be still or quiet, like one lying down to rest.

    The wind is loud and will not lie.

  7. (Law) To be sustainable; to be capable of being maintained. ``An appeal lies in this case.'' --Parsons. Note: Through ignorance or carelessness speakers and writers often confuse the forms of the two distinct verbs lay and lie. Lay is a transitive verb, and has for its preterit laid; as, he told me to lay it down, and I laid it down. Lie is intransitive, and has for its preterit lay; as, he told me to lie down, and I lay down. Some persons blunder by using laid for the preterit of lie; as, he told me to lie down, and I laid down. So persons often say incorrectly, the ship laid at anchor; they laid by during the storm; the book was laying on the shelf, etc. It is only necessary to remember, in all such cases, that laid is the preterit of lay, and not of lie. To lie along the shore (Naut.), to coast, keeping land in sight. To lie at the door of, to be imputable to; as, the sin, blame, etc., lies at your door. To lie at the heart, to be an object of affection, desire, or anxiety. --Sir W. Temple. To lie at the mercy of, to be in the power of. To lie by.

    1. To remain with; to be at hand; as, he has the manuscript lying by him.

    2. To rest; to intermit labor; as, we lay by during the heat of the day.

      To lie hard or To lie heavy, to press or weigh; to bear hard.

      To lie in, to be in childbed; to bring forth young.

      To lie in one, to be in the power of; to belong to. ``As much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.''
      --Rom. xii. 1

  8. To lie in the way, to be an obstacle or impediment. To lie in wait, to wait in concealment; to lie in ambush. To lie on or To lie upon.

    1. To depend on; as, his life lies on the result.

    2. To bear, rest, press, or weigh on. To lie low, to remain in concealment or inactive. [Slang] To lie on hand, To lie on one's hands, to remain unsold or unused; as, the goods are still lying on his hands; they have too much time lying on their hands. To lie on the head of, to be imputed to. What he gets more of her than sharp words, let it lie on my head. --Shak. To lie over.

      1. To remain unpaid after the time when payment is due, as a note in bank.

      2. To be deferred to some future occasion, as a resolution in a public deliberative body. To lie to (Naut.), to stop or delay; especially, to head as near the wind as possible as being the position of greatest safety in a gale; -- said of a ship. Cf. To bring to, under Bring. To lie under, to be subject to; to suffer; to be oppressed by. To lie with.

        1. To lodge or sleep with.

        2. To have sexual intercourse with.

    3. To belong to; as, it lies with you to make amends.


Lying \Ly"ing\, p. pr. & vb. n. of Lie, to tell a falsehood.


Lying \Ly"ing\, p. pr. & vb. n. of Lie, to be supported horizontally.

Lying panel (Arch.), a panel in which the grain of the wood is horizontal. [R.]

Lying to (Naut.), having the sails so disposed as to counteract each other.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., action of lie (v.2) "to recline." Lying-in "being in childbed" is attested from mid-15c.


c.1300 (n.), action of lie (v.1) "to tell an untruth." As a past participle adjective, from 1530s.


n. 1 An act of telling a lie, or falsehood. 2 The act of one who lies, or keeps low to the ground. vb. (present participle of lie English)

  1. v. be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

  2. be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position; "The sick man lay in bed all day"; "the books are lying on the shelf" [ant: stand, sit]

  3. originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country" [syn: dwell, consist, belong, lie in]

  4. be and remain in a particular state or condition; "lie dormant"

  5. tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive; "Don't lie to your parents"; "She lied when she told me she was only 29"

  6. have a place in relation to something else; "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies" [syn: rest]

  7. assume a reclining position; "lie down on the bed until you feel better" [syn: lie down] [ant: arise]

  8. [also: lying, lay, lain]

  1. n. a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth [syn: prevarication]

  2. Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968) [syn: Trygve Lie, Trygve Halvden Lie]

  3. position or manner in which something is situated

  4. [also: lying, lay, lain]


adj. given to lying; "a lying witness"; "a mendacious child" [syn: lying(a), mendacious]


n. the deliberate act of deviating from the truth [syn: prevarication, fabrication]


See lie


Lying or Lie may refer to:

  • Lie, a deliberate untruth
  • Lying (position), a horizontal position
  • Lying (book), a long-form (essay) book by American author and neuroscientist Sam Harris
  • Lying (film), a 2006 film
  • "Lying" (song), a song by Australian band Amy Meredith
Lying (film)

Lying is a 2006 American independent experimental film starring Chloë Sevigny and Jena Malone, Leelee Sobieski, as well as Henry Gummer. It was directed by video artist M. Blash. It premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight and had a limited US release in 2008, with a DVD release following in May 2009. The film was given a small theatrical re-release in September 2009.

While the film follows a fairly loose, ambiguous narrative, it focuses on a group of acquaintances who spend the weekend together at a remote country house; the situation becomes complex throughout the days, though, as one of the women turns out to be a pathological liar.

Lying (position)

Lying, also called recumbency or prostration, or decubitus in medicine (from the Latin verb decumbere ′to lie down′), is a type of human position in which the body is more or less horizontal and supported along its length by the surface underneath. Lying is the most common position while being immobilized, e.g. in bedrest while sleeping or being struck by injury or disease.

Lying (book)

Lying is a long-form (essay) book by the American author and neuroscientist Sam Harris. Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

Lying (Amy Meredith song)

"Lying" is the second single released from Australian Amy Meredith's debut album, Restless. The single was written by Christian Lo Russo, Joel Chapman and Robert Conley and was produced by Robert Conley and Brian Paturalski. It was released digitally on 23 April 2010 and physically on 18 June 2010 "Lying" debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at number 27, before reaching its highest peak to date at number 10 in its fourth week, making it their first top ten single on the charts. It spent five weeks in the ARIA top twenty and 14 weeks in the top 50 and gained platinum accreditation. On other Australian charts, the single has peaked at number 2 on the Australian Singles Chart (chart only for Australian origin), at number 12 on the ARIA Digital Tracks Chart and has reached number 1 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart.

Usage examples of "lying".

Harry, is that if the orders were lying about for all to see, with sailors being the gossips they are then the men aboard any ship in the harbour would soon be appraised of their contents.

To her all the wreckage of the slums, all the woe lying beneath gilded life, all the abominations, all the tortures that remain unknown, were carried.

You got yourself down that mountain and you left Moon on her own, the way you left Aby lying there for the spooks!

The Abies girl was lying there dead and stinking and his face got tight, then he made a little fist as though he was going to yell.

Then I noticed the dust cover for the acuity tester lying on the bench.

Without irrigation, the highest adaptation, all things considered, is found in Washington and Oregon, west of the Cascades, except where shallow soils lying on gravels exist.

It is the same with all other sins, with adultery and whoredom, revenge and hatred, blasphemy and lying.

Thus if one acknowledges that revenge and hatred, adultery and fornication, fraud and deceit, blasphemy and lying are sins against God and yet commits them, he is therefore in the more grievous of this kind of profanation.

They answered that it was the enjoyment of committing adultery, stealing, defrauding and lying.

Was the unfortunate aeronaut slowly bleeding to death, lying there amidst the bushes on that tongue of land?

American bicycle-builders had surpassed the Royal Aeronautical Society, because they flew their crafts themselves, lying prone in their own creations, flying, as it was noted, by the seat of their pants.

The sky was heavy with drifting masses of cloud, aflare with red and gold and all the sunset colours, from the black line of coast, lying in the west, far into the east, where sea and sky were turning gray.

McDermitt was the first SEAL down the hatch of the aft escape trunk after Morris shot the Chinese guard who had been lying in ambush inside.

Ray asked Ake, the two of them sitting in the cockpit nursing drinks with Beowulf and Frodo lying at their feet.

We had turned northward in the night, rounding the lower tip of Alba, and I could see her green coastline lying off our starboard bow, hazy in the distance.