to take it lying down

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take it lying down

"to take it lying down"

to submit to an insult, rebuke, or other harsh treatment without resisting


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take it lying down

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What are you doing?

Colleague 2:  I am packing up my personal belongings and leaving.

Colleague 1:  Did you get fired? You are the company's best performer.

Colleague 2:  That may be but the boss has never really liked me.

Colleague 1:  Sounds like unfair dismissal to me. Are you going to take it lying down?

Colleague 2:  What choice do I have?

Colleague 1:  You could fight back. You could go to the Labor Board.

Colleague 2:  No. I don't want the trouble. I am just going to leave quietly.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take it lying down

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am so tired of being bullied in school.

Friend 2:  What are you going to do?

Friend 1:  Well, I am not going to take it lying down anymore. I am going to fight back.

Friend 2:  But the bully is twice your size.

Friend 1:  I don't care. I am tired of submitting to his insults.

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to take it lying down - Gerund Form:

Taking the dismissal lying down, he simply packed his stuff and left without an argument.

to take it lying down - Examples:

1)  ... a motivational speaker and staunch anti-bullying advocate. She wasn't going to take it lying down - so she wrote a powerful piece speaking out against the hurtful meme

2)  However, businesses are not likely to take it lying down as most of the Silicon Valley is dependent on foreign workers.

3)  ... the women decided they wouldn't take it lying down. They planned a demonstration during the Carnival celebrations.

4)  Enough is enough. I will not take it lying down anymore. 

5)  But she would not take it lying down. She summoned the steel 'cojones' to go to court and fight.

6)  ... did not take it lying down and requested that a second round of tests be conducted by independent experts.

7)  He did not take it lying down and demanded that the police investigate the case.

8)  When their identity, individuality is attacked, they are not going to take it lying down. They will protest.

9)  Meeta was however in no mood to take it lying down and so went on to register her complaint on the Indian Railways website.

10)  Please do not take it lying down. Cowardice is not part of the history of this land and should not ...

11)  We are not going to take this lying down. If I have to make a trip to Ottawa myself and jump up ...

12)  Halle's character is not the kind of mum to take this lying down though, and she clings to the car as it speeds away.

13)  Not one to take things lying down, she added: It means a lot to me to fight to make ...

14)  Not one to take things lying down... Peggy slaps Phil after he calls her a nag.

15)  We can not take things lying down and won't allow ourselves to be blackmailed. We will call their bluff.

16)  ... few leaks and snaps have started appearing online. Sony however is not taking this lying down and has been issuing take-down notices on social media accounts.

17)  I applaud the teaching assistants for not taking this lying down. It has been a major rebellion.

18)  Anyway, Cheryl wasn't taking it lying down and took to Twitter to correct and bite back at her.

19)  Game's staff aren't taking it lying down though. They are still protesting at the closure, staging demonstrations and sit ...

20)  Tyler doesn't take anything lying down though, and has now fired back with some words to put those voices ...