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The meaning and origin of the expression: Lie low

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Lie low

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Lie low'?

Keep out of sight; bide one's time.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Lie low'?

Portrait of William ShakespeareThere are many citations of variants of this little phrase dating back to the 13th century. Shakespeare used it in its present form in Much Ado About Nothing, 1599:

If he could right himself with quarreling,
Some of us would lie low.

Lie lowMore recently the phrase has been adapted as the name of inflatable mattresses - marketed in the UK as Li-Los.

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