Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lie v.1

SE, meaning to lie down, in slang uses

In compounds

lie-down (n.)

a prison sentence.

[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak 43: Cop a lie or liedown – to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 148: He says he did his lie-down quiet.

In phrases

lie at rack and manger (v.) (also live.., go to...) [SE rack and manger, the frame that holds an animal’s food and the stable in which it is kept; thus lit. to live like an animal]

to live hard.

[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 36 31 Jan.–7 Feb. 284: Mr. Parson marrying the Widdow, would no more take tythe abroad, but lay at rack and manger at home.
[UK]Fifteen Real Comforts of Matrimony 41: He lies at rack and manger, and has his full swinge of all the pleasure he is in any possibility capable of.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: To lye at Rack and Manger, to live hard.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]T. Carlyle Past and Present (1897) Pt II 63: A blustering, dissipated human figure [...] talking noisy nonsense; – tearing out the bowels of St. Edmundsbury Convent (its larders namely and cellars) [...] by living at rack and manger there.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor III 253/2: They may get to like it overmuch, as you say, and one’s bit of a house may go to rack and manger.
lie doggo (v.) (also do a doggo, keep doggo, lie doggoh, play doggo)

to remain hidden and quiet, just like a stalking dog; thus WW1 doggo, quiet, motionless.

Society 7 Oct. 23/1: To-day’s meet of the London Athletic Club will be remarkable for the resurrection of E. L. Lockton after lying ‘doggoh’ some time.
[UK]Sporting Times 10 Apr. 4/4: Either your case has not been reported, or you are doing the biggest doggoh on record.
[UK]Kipling Many Inventions 259: I wud lie most powerful doggo whin I heard a shot.
[UK]Western Mail 8 Jan. 6/5: Very much ‘doggo’, or lie-low, brer rabbit, kept the Dutchmen. Not a word or shot did they return.
[UK]Morn. Post (London) 6 Apr. 8/1: I do not think we will go for any other position under cover of dark. Our notion is to lie very ‘doggo’ indeed.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 114: That’s how it comes about that he is lying doggoh in my bedroom at this moment.
[UK]Gem 23 Sept. iv: He would rather have been smashed to pieces in an accident, or lain doggo till the crack of dawn.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 17 May 7/2: The people from across the Alleghanies will go back home [...] humbled and playing dog-go.
[UK]Dundee Courier 13 Mar. 6/6: The Turk [...] was not skulking [...] He was by no means ‘doggo’.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Bulldog Drummond 188: Unnoticed, he lay ‘doggo’ for a while.
[UK]P. MacGill Moleskin Joe 198: She ran to the curtain and spoke through the slit. ‘You’re to keep quiet, navvy!’ ‘Doggo as a bag of cement!’ came the voice from the recess.
[UK]Gloucs. Citizen 20 Apr. 6/5: No matter what would be their fate they would not play a ‘doggo’ game.
[UK]D.L. Sayers Nine Tailors (1984) 244: The third night he was out there lying doggo in a wood somewhere.
[UK]Gloucs. Echo 4 July 6/1: Sheffield played ‘doggo’ for half-an-hour without scoring.
[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 122: Awright, Pinto, we’ll lie doggo till the Bar O is feelin’ easy again.
[UK]S. Horler Lady with the Limp 161: We shall all have to lie doggo until then because of the odds.
[UK]D. Davin For the Rest of Our Lives 327: I lay doggo and they missed me.
[US](con. 1950) E. Frankel Band of Brothers 117: Nobody fire unless I give the word. We’ll try to play doggo.
[UK]A. Buckeridge Jennings’ Little Hut 209: I vote we lie doggo and wait till he gives himself away.
[UK]A. Sillitoe ‘Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’ in Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1960) 27: We’ll keep it doggo for a week or two.
[UK]‘Frank Richards’ Billy Bunter at Butlins 23: It was quite a bright idea to take cover behind that massive trunk, and keep ‘doggo’ there.
[US]T.B. Haber ‘Canine Terms Applied to Human Beings’ in AS XL:2 96: lie doggo. Not to stir from one’s position.
[US](con. 1916) G. Swarthout Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 198: Not a cough, not an itch, lie doggo and stay doggo.
[Ire](con. 1930s) L. Redmond Emerald Square 194: Jem lay doggo in the ditch.
[UK]Guardian G2 14 Mar. 22: It might be Monica, Tyrone’s greyhound, who has been lying doggo lately.
B. Reed ‘The Meat Axe by the Kitchen Door’ in Passing Strange (2015) 13: He’s been lying doggo all day [...] on the couch in the TV lounge [...] making like all he’s doing is watching the box.
[UK](con. 1974) Guardian 17 Aug. 3/2: Lucan said he was going to ‘lie doggo’ for a while.
lie in state (v.) (also lib in state) [ironic use of SE; the man is ‘dead’ after his sexual exertions]

of a man, to lie in bed with two or three women.

[UK]Dekker ‘Canting Song’ O per se O O3: Store of Stroommell weele have here, and i’th skipper Lib in state.
[UK]Dekker ‘Canting Song’ in Eng. Villainies (8th edn) [as cit. 1612].
[UK]Bloody Register III 81: This evidence being asked, if he knew what lying in state was? she declined to answer, was pressed to it, upon which she replied, that she had indeed heard from vulgar people, that it was for a man to lie with three women at once.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: To lie in state, a man in bed with three harlots.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
lie on (v.) (also lie over, lie upon)

to have sexual intercourse.

[UK]J. Heywood A Merry Play in Farmer (1905) 78: She and I be sometime aloft, / And I do lie upon her, many a time and oft, / To prove her, yet I could never espy / That ever any did worse with her than I.
[UK]T. Nabbes Covent Garden I ii: If my Master chance to lie at your house, I should be glad to if I might lie over your Daughter.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 183: One is the son of lycaon, / T’other of him that us’d to lay on / The goddess venus.
lie on one’s face (v.) (also lie on one’s ear)

to drink very heavily until one collapses.

[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
[UK]R. Carr Rampant Age 133: The sorta fellow who loves to spend all his spare time [...] bummin’ cigarettes and layin’ on his ear drunker’n a petrified hog.
lie out (v.)

(Ulster) to play truant.

[UK]P. Gallagher My Story 13: I went to Roshine school when I was about seven years. I was not very good at school, although I never ‘lay out’ for a day.
lie rough (v.)

to go to sleep without first removing one’s clothes.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: To lie Rough, in one’s Clothes all Night.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Western Morn. News 27 Feb. 3/6: The Master [i.e. of the Workhouse] said 81 men were admitted during the previous week-end. They had to ‘lie rough’.