Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lie v.1

SE, meaning to lie down, in slang uses

In compounds

lie-down (n.)

[1980s+] a prison sentence.

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]

[mid-17C–19C] to live hard.

lie doggo (v.) (also do a doggo, keep doggo, lie doggoh, play doggo)

[late 19C+] to remain hidden and quiet, just like a stalking dog; thus WW1 doggo, quiet, motionless.

lie in state (v.) (also lib in state) [ironic use of SE; the man is ‘dead’ after his sexual exertions]

[18C–early 19C] of a man, to lie in bed with two or three women.

lie on (v.) (also lie over, lie upon)

[16C–18C] to have sexual intercourse.

lie on one’s face (v.) (also lie on one’s ear)

[late 19C–1920s] to drink very heavily until one collapses.

lie out (v.)

[20C+] (Ulster) to play truant.

lie rough (v.)

[late 17C–early 19C] to go to sleep without first removing one’s clothes.