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    Default to take something lying down

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    “I suppose you’re,” she muttered. “I know my father thinks so; but I should never have done it myself. I can’t take things lying down.” (J. Galsworthy)

    “Then you seriously advise him to take it lying down?”
    “As a man, no; as a man of the world, yes.” (J. Galsworthy)

    God knows I don't want a row, but we can't take it laying down. (W. S. Maugham)

    to take something lying down = to give in without protest or opposition

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    Default Re: to take something lying down

    Yes, though I would say I've heard "lying down" much more often than "laying down".

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    Default Re: to take something lying down

    I can't believe Somerset Maugham would have written take it laying down.

    (Unless he was putting the words into the mouth of an American character.)

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    Default Re: to take something lying down

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    (Unless he was putting the words into the mouth of an American character.)

    Rover
    Excuse me??
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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