Definition of lie-down in English:



  • A short rest in which one lies down on a bed, sofa, etc.

    ‘he felt badly in need of a lie-down’
    • ‘You go out, pound 26 miles like a zombie and you come back and you have something to drink and have a lie-down.’
    • ‘I am going to have a nice lie-down with some soothing wet newspaper over my face now and practice my alternate nostril breathing.’
    • ‘Why don't you have a nice lie-down, and we'll talk in the morning.’
    • ‘I'm usually hard-pushed to stay conscious for 7 hours without a lie-down, let alone 7 days.’
    • ‘Plenty of people enjoy mucking about in boats, but just as many appreciate a power shower and a lie-down in a real bed afterwards.’
    • ‘I see this as good thing - broadening my horizons - although Katharine sometimes slips away for a lie-down.’
    • ‘Quite ready for a lie-down, Jon sat in a large red chair next to a spindly little table.’
    • ‘We thought about doing the rest of the garden, but we both had to have a lie-down when we saw the estimate, so we thought we'd do it later.’
    • ‘Needless to say, upon arrival at the business park, having a lie-down is quite a temptation.’
    • ‘My advice to the Minister in the chair is to have a nice cup of tea and a lie-down before she does herself an injury.’
    • ‘He returned to New Zealand, but he would have been forgiven for just having a lie-down in a darkened room.’
    • ‘At the hotel, I had a lie-down for an hour, just as I used to.’
    • ‘He then went for a lie-down before getting up to do some stretching.’
    • ‘I went back to the guesthouse and gave myself the luxury of a lie-down for about an hour, whilst watching some rubbish on television.’
    • ‘I'm so breathless I feel like a lie-down - and all I have done is rearrange the fish on my plate (I'm a vegetarian) and consume a few tiny, tortured vegetables, while occasionally managing to throw in the odd question when he comes up for air.’
    • ‘Right - that's me done for another tournament - I'm off for a lie-down.’
    • ‘I stopped, had a lie-down with my legs up on a chair and just listened to my breath for an hour.’
    • ‘My much-needed lie-down was about to become rather more strenuous than anticipated.’
    • ‘So we ambled back to house for a lie-down and to collect our thoughts.’
    • ‘I could go on and on, but I suppose it would be better for my blood pressure to go and have a lie-down under some nice, soothing, wet newspaper.’
    recline, lie down, lie back, be recumbent, be prostrate, be supine, be prone, be stretched out, stretch oneself out, lean back, sprawl, rest, repose, relax, lounge, loll, bask
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