Definition of Take lying down

1. Verb. Suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively. "I won't take this insult lying down"




Definition of Take lying down

1. Verb. (idiomatic) to endure without complaint or protest ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take Lying Down

take it on the chin
take it or leave it
take it out on
take it outside
take it to the bank
take it up the arse
take its toll
take kindly
take kindly to
take leave
take leave of one's senses
take life as it comes
take lightly
take lying down (current term)
take matters into one's own hands
take no for an answer
take no notice of
take note
take notes
take notice
take off
take offence
take offense
take office
take on
take on board
take on faith
take one's ball and go home

Literary usage of Take lying down

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1. Invisible Exercise: Seven Studies in Self Command with Practical Suggestions by Gerald Stanley Lee (1922)
"... that lying down comfortably is at bottom a matter of brains—a matter of getting the people who think they have them, to take lying down seriously—to get ..."

2. War and Waste: A Series of Discussions of War and War Accessories by David Starr Jordan (1913)
"It is this vicious claim which explains, if it does not excuse, the huge naval armament of Germany, for "it is impossible to take, lying down, ..."

3. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, John Murray, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, George Walter Prothero (1903)
"to take lying down.' But Mr Balfour prudently limited his retaliation to cases in which hostile action would not hurt ourselves. Now the Dingley tariff not ..."

4. Quarterly Review by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, John Murray, George Walter Prothero, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle (1903)
"to take lying down.' But Mr Balf our prudently limited his retaliation to cases in which hostile action would not hurt ourselves. Now the Dingley tariff not ..."

5. The Dangers of Municipal Ownership by Robert Percival Porter (1907)
"The English property classes are hardly likely to take, lying down, the gradual confiscation of their belongings, which is threatened by the socialistic ..."

6. The Dangers of Municipal Ownership by Robert Percival Porter (1907)
"The English property classes are hardly likely to take, lying down, the gradual confiscation of their belongings, which is threatened by the socialistic ..."

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