Definition of lay someone low in English:

lay someone low

phrase

  • 1(of an illness) reduce someone to inactivity.

    ‘he was laid low by a stomach bug’
    • ‘Rain, thunder and lightning of epic proportions have not succeeded in cleaning the air and we are laid low with massive headaches, blocked sinuses and pervasive brain fog.’
    • ‘However, Dove has been laid low by a virus all week and his chances of being involved at the weekend are 50-50.’
    • ‘I am sure producers and TV executives everywhere were sorry to hear that Jon had been laid low by pneumonia before Christmas and like me wished him a speedy recovery.’
    • ‘And despite a heavy cold laying her low over Christmas, she does not intend to make that jump her last.’
    • ‘Not enough to lay me low, but enough to make me tired and miserable and feel a bit sorry for myself.’
    • ‘The cold - which laid me low for days - is nearly over.’
    • ‘I've been sore for a month, and one short day of skiing laid me low.’
    • ‘Anyway, I thought, a nice bacterial infection might zap the mystery virus that's laid me low for the past year or so.’
    • ‘I did have dengue fever last year which laid me low, I was in hospital for a week.’
    • ‘Even when a stroke laid him low, he was doing sit-ups and press-ups by his hospital bed.’
    • ‘No sooner did I return from vacation than I was laid low with horrific stomach flu - I've been barely able to get out of bed for the last week.’
    1. 1.1Bring to an end the high position or good fortune formerly enjoyed by someone.
      ‘she reflected on how quickly fate can lay a person low’
      • ‘That's also the premise which lays them low - most people don't have the time to do overly intensive data entry.’
      • ‘Should he make that connection, he would be perfectly within his rights to lay you low for looking for information that is none of your business.’
      • ‘He is the archenemy to the Order and has vowed to lay them low one way or another.’