to lay low

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - lay low

"to lay low"

to keep yourself or your plans hidden so as not to be noticed or caught


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - lay low

Two office workers are talking ...

Worker 1: Are you going to get fired?

Worker 2:  The boss was really mad.

Worker 1:  Perhaps if you stay out of sight for a couple of days, the boss will forget about it.

Worker 2:  Good idea.  I'll lay low around the office for a couple of days.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - lay low

Two police detectives are talking ...

Detective 1:  Any chance of finding the thief?

Detective 2:  It's not going to be easy. I'm sure the thief is hiding somewhere.

Detective 1:  Well, the thief can't lay low forever. He's got to make an appearance at some point.

Detective 2:  You're right.  I'll catch the thief when he comes out of hiding.

to lay low - Usage:


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to lay low - Gerund Form:

Lying low for a few days after a bank robbery is a smart thing to do for a thief.

to lay low - Examples:

1)  Even if they are Gorbachev-type figures they would have to lay low, they would have to hide their ideological and policy orientations.

2)  He had a lot of enemies and he returned to his village to lay low.

3)  The evening will pass quickly and safely enough if we lay low and out of sight.

4)  They feel put upon and act out, too spiteful to just lay low and let something die.

5)  If I was you I would just lay low and see what happens. 

6)  This is the time to lay low by the shelter of the wall and let the worst of the onslaught pass.

7)  The highly-disciplined soldiers of Hezbollah are trained to lay low for years, or for decades.

8)  Sorry, but truth hurts sometimes. Meagan, my best advice is to lay low, if you truly don't want negative comments.

9)  He panicked and laid low for a little bit.

10)  She couldn't have laid low if she wanted to. Nope. Out and about front and centre.

11)  He sensibly laid low for several months until he could present his case to a judge.

12)  HIV excels at dodging attack, both by mutating and by laying low in a latent, or inactive, form in which it still remains viable.

13)  These misunderstandings are tricky, slipping under the radar, laying low for years until an offhanded comment is made and the truth is suddenly revealed.

14)  Bolt is currently laying low in west London, living near Heathrow and training at nearby tracks.

15)  He wasn't supposed to be in any kind of contact while laying low in Khartoum let alone sending encrypted sentences at two o'clock in the morning local.

16)  They're laying low until the publicity dies down.

17)  laying low from the law, Uncle Charlay is actually the infamous Merry Widow Murderer.

18)  On one occasion the dogs found a wolf laying low.

19)  Broadwell has reportedly been in touch with her neighbors and is simply laying low while the spotlight's on her.

20)  It didn't disappear, it is laying low for a while.