One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverbin phrase lie doggo
Remain motionless and quiet to escape detection.‘a dozen officers had been lying doggo for hours’
hide, go into hiding, hide out, find a hiding place, conceal oneself, keep out of sight, keep a low profile, take cover, go to earth, go to ground, go underground, cover one's tracks, lurk, skulkView synonyms
- ‘Vets come home and the wars come with them, lying doggo sometimes for years, then popping up at the most inconvenient of times.’
- ‘I think he was lying doggo until the old one popped his clogs.’
- ‘Despite their numbers and their refusal to lie doggo in the face of the security cordon, there was no repetition of the riots that brought Seattle to a standstill just over a year ago.’
Late 19th century: of obscure origin; apparently from dog + -o.
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