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verb as in be prostrate, flat

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After the coroner hauled Craig’s body out of the forest, Steiner, weeping, bent down and kissed the ground where he’d lain.

For medical students, bonds are forged by sharing the same air for hours at a time, toiling over a body lain supine on a table before them.

But the sins of the 20th century, as devastating as they were, cannot be lain entirely at the feet of its artists.

It had lain dormant all these years: it was there, though, and presently it would rise and confront me.

“She had been up during the day,” noted Sowell in explanation of how she might have lain down on a neat bed.

Rather, they have lain dormant to haunt us in various guises since the Confederacy was brought to heel.

The lion has lain down with the lamb, in other words, and the unanimity seems so surreal that I might as well keep dreaming.

She felt sure that the significance of the whole occurrence had lain in her own self-consciousness.

The letter had lain at his Club three days, it was dated Switzerland and the postmark was Montreux.

The same, after having lain against a wall for two months and nine days longer.

I have lain down at four o'clock these two mornings, Glennie having kindly relieved my watching at that hour.

A somewhat similar case occurs where the wind bears sand against window panes or a bottle which has long lain on the shore.


On this page you'll find 107 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to lain, such as: mislead, promote, misrepresent, deceive, pervert, and frame.

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