Synonyms for lay back

Grammar : Verb
Spell : ley
Phonetic Transcription : leɪ

Top 10 synonyms for lay back Other synonyms for the word lay back

Définition of lay back

Origin :
  • Old English lecgan "to place on the ground (or other surface)," also "put down (often by striking)," from Proto-Germanic *lagjanan (cf. Old Saxon leggian, Old Norse leggja, Old Frisian ledza, Middle Dutch legghan, Dutch leggen, Old High German lecken, German legen, Gothic lagjan "to lay, put, place"), causative of lie (v.2). As a noun, from 1550s, "act of laying." Meaning "way in which something is laid" (e.g. lay of the land) first recorded 1819.
  • Meaning "have sex with" first recorded 1934, in U.S. slang, probably from sense of "deposit" (which was in Old English, as in lay an egg, lay a bet, etc.), perhaps reinforced by to lie with, a phrase frequently met in the Bible. The noun meaning "woman available for sexual intercourse" is attested from 1930, but there are suggestions of it in stage puns from as far back as 1767. To lay for (someone) "await a chance at revenge" is from late 15c.; lay low "stay inconspicuous" is from 1839. To lay (someone) low preserves the secondary Old English sense.
  • As in abate : verb lessen, grow or cause to grow less
  • As in lull : verb calm, ease off
  • As in pacify : verb make peaceful; appease
  • As in relent : verb die down; let up
  • As in slack/slacken : verb do little or nothing; loosen
  • As in calm : verb make composed, quiet
Example sentences :
  • With parched throats, gasping for breath, they lay back in agony.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • He had discarded his hat, and lay back on his elbows, ostensibly to look at the moon.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Johnny Rosenfeld lay back on the pillows and watched her face.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She would not let him speak much, and he lay back in his chair, looking at her.
  • Extract from : « Little Dorrit » by Charles Dickens
  • My mother was now exhausted with so much talking, and lay back in an arm-chair.
  • Extract from : « My Double Life » by Sarah Bernhardt
  • He lay back in his chair while she folded the shawl about him, and smiled at her.
  • Extract from : « Changing Winds » by St. John G. Ervine
  • He lay back in the chair and puffed smoke above his head for a while.
  • Extract from : « Changing Winds » by St. John G. Ervine
  • Then he lay back at his ease, smoking, and staring up at the moon.
  • Extract from : « A Spirit in Prison » by Robert Hichens
  • She lay back in an arm-chair trying to piece things together.
  • Extract from : « A Nest of Spies » by Pierre Souvestre
  • She lay back on his shoulder again, and presently was more calm.
  • Extract from : « Polly of Lady Gay Cottage » by Emma C. Dowd

Antonyms for lay back

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