Lie down

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Definition

to lie (down): to move into a horizontal position, for example in bed or on the floor
verb
I was lying on the grass. I was so relaxed I really didn't want to stand up.

Do not confuse with the verb to lay (something down), which means 'put, place' (something):

I lie down on the floor.
I lay this book on the table.

Note the past tense and past perfect tense of these two verbs:
•  to lie / I lay / I have lain
•  to lay / I laid / I have laid
Another possible confusion: to lie (irregular verb, lie/lied/lied): to not tell the truth.

to lie prostrate: to lie with the face down and arms stretched out
idiom

to lie face down: to lie with your face against the floor, bed, etc.
idiom

Examples

  • "You're not just going to leave that lyin' here, are you?"
  • "Philip : I'd say you were lying."
  • "A lying idiot!"
  • "The ones with the naked girls lying on bottles of perfume."
  • "Preparation: Please be naked, lying face down on your desk when I arrive."
  • "When Delavigne awoke, he was lying in a hospital bed."
  • "Then we turned and shook as we had a look in the room where the dead men lay."
  • "When Delavigne woke up, he was lying in a hospital bed."
  • "Bruno Delavigne was found lying dead by his desk in a pool of blood."
  • "Ask subject to sit or lie comfortably."

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