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telling lies; untruthful
3 lying on the border of Switzerland and Austria
be situated, be located, be placed, be found, be sited
4 the difficulty lies in building real quality into the products
consist, be inherent, be present, be contained, exist, reside
The verb lie (‘assume a horizontal or resting position’) is often confused with the verb lay (‘put something down’), giving rise to incorrect uses such as he is laying on the bed (correct use is he is lying on the bed) or why don't you lie the suitcase on the bed? (correct use is why don't you lay the suitcase on the bed?). The confusion is only heightened by the fact that lay is not only the base form of to lay, but is also the past tense of to lie, so while he is laying on the bed is incorrect, he lay on the bed yesterday is quite correct. See also lay1
- 1lie heavy on
- 2lie low
- his family will have to lie low until the trial is overhide, go into hiding, conceal oneself, keep out of sight, go underground, hide outinformal hole up
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