[General] to take something lying down

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vil

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

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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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