Definition of lay someone low in US English:

lay someone low


  • 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. 1.1 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.’