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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAY LOW

"But we'll lay low for a while," Enoch said, with an air of profound cunning.

It ain't as if 'The Curlew' was loaded down, and lay low in the water.

She had not noticed us as yet, for we lay low in the water and had no sail set.

He escaped and lay low, wondering how to get down the river.

And it took a sharp eye to spy him when he lay low in that fashion.

No wonder you lay low, Carrick; no wonder I didn't hear your voice.

Zack's mammy heah dat, an' she lay low an' study 'bout a name, too.

“Lay low,” he whispered, not forgetting to keep up the dialect.

Well just lay low until morning and then well get our clock.

Now I guess Ill just lay low for a while, he remarked to himself.

WORD ORIGIN

"not high," late 13c., from lah (late 12c.), "not rising much, being near the base or ground" (of objects or persons); "lying on the ground or in a deep place" (late 13c.), from Old Norse lagr "low," or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish låg, Danish lav), from Proto-Germanic *lega- "lying flat, low" (cf. Old Frisian lech, Middle Dutch lage, Dutch laag "low," dialectal German läge "flat"), from PIE *legh- "to lie" (see lie (v.2)).

Meaning "humble in rank" is from c.1200; "undignified" is from 1550s; sense of "dejected, dispirited" is attested from 1737; meaning "coarse, vulgar" is from 1759. In reference to sounds, "not loud," also "having a deep pitch," it is attested from c.1300. Of prices, from c.1400. In geographical usage, low refers to the part of a country near the sea-shore (c.1300; e.g. Low Countries "Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg," 1540s). As an adverb c.1200, from the adjective.

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