One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of an illness) reduce someone to inactivity.
- ‘Anyway, I thought, a nice bacterial infection might zap the mystery virus that's laid me low for the past year or so.’
- ‘The cold - which laid me low for days - is nearly over.’
- ‘I am sure producers and TV executives everywhere were sorry to hear that Jon had been laid low by pneumonia before Christmas and like me wished him a speedy recovery.’
- ‘And despite a heavy cold laying her low over Christmas, she does not intend to make that jump her last.’
- ‘However, Dove has been laid low by a virus all week and his chances of being involved at the weekend are 50-50.’
- ‘Rain, thunder and lightning of epic proportions have not succeeded in cleaning the air and we are laid low with massive headaches, blocked sinuses and pervasive brain fog.’
- ‘Even when a stroke laid him low, he was doing sit-ups and press-ups by his hospital bed.’
- ‘I've been sore for a month, and one short day of skiing laid me low.’
- ‘Not enough to lay me low, but enough to make me tired and miserable and feel a bit sorry for myself.’
- ‘I did have dengue fever last year which laid me low, I was in hospital for a week.’
- ‘No sooner did I return from vacation than I was laid low with horrific stomach flu - I've been barely able to get out of bed for the last week.’
- 1.1 Bring to an end the high position or good fortune formerly enjoyed by someone.‘she reflected on how quickly fate can lay a person low’
- ‘That's also the premise which lays them low - most people don't have the time to do overly intensive data entry.’
- ‘Should he make that connection, he would be perfectly within his rights to lay you low for looking for information that is none of your business.’
- ‘He is the archenemy to the Order and has vowed to lay them low one way or another.’
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