Lay low – Idioms by The Free Dictionary

lay (one) low

To render one unable to move or leave their bed. The car accident laid her low for a couple of months. My husband won’t be able to come in to work today—he’s been laid low by the flu.

lay low

1. To be, make oneself, or remain hidden or inconspicuous; to avoid being found, detected, or scrutinized by others. (A common erroneous variation of the grammatically correct “lie low.”) I’m sorry I haven’t been around to see you lately, but with the police investigating the company I thought it would be better to lay low for a while. Jim and Colby are laying low with the goods. Once the heat from the cops eases up, they’ll send the stuff over to us.

2. By extension, to keep to oneself; to avoid interactions with others. I think I’m just going to lay low at home this weekend—I don’t really feel like going out at all.

lie low

1. To be, make oneself, or remain hidden or inconspicuous; to avoid being found, detected, or scrutinized by others. (Also worded as “lay low.”) I’m sorry I haven’t been around to see you lately, but with the police investigating the company I thought it would be better to lie low for a while.

2. By extension, to keep to oneself; to avoid interactions with others. I think I’m just going to lie low at home this weekend, I don’t really feel like going out at all.

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lay low

1. To keep oneself or one’s plans hidden.

2. To bide one’s time but remain ready for action.

3. To cause to be dead or unable to get up from a lying position: How many soldiers were laid low in that battle? The flu has laid low thousands.

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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