[Phrases] Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

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What will probably happen if you don’t let a sleeping dog lie? Let’s imagine this: You go to pet a sleeping dog; it wakes up and barks endlessly. You wish you hadn’t bothered. You wish you’d left it alone. You see? “Let sleeping dogs lie” derives from the long-standing observation that dogs are often unpredictable when they are suddenly disturbed. Therefore, the phrase simply advises people to do nothing if the action that you are considering is likely to land you in trouble. In other words, if things are not bad the way they are, don’t change them.


Today, we are going to share with you some expressions containing the verb “lie“. Let’s go!

1. find out/see how the land lies

to get an idea or information about a situation before taking action

I’ll ring home and see how the land lies after our fight before I go back.

I think it would be prudent for us to see how the land lies before we agree to invest in your company.

2. lie down on the job

to not do (a job, task. etc.) properly or at all

He told his younger brother to stop lying down on the job and get back to work.

He says pollution has been getting worse because government regulators have been lying down on the job.

3. Let sleeping dogs lie.

If something may cause trouble, do not get involved.

I wanted to tell Betty to stop taking my things, but I decided to let sleeping dogs lie for now.

Eventually, they decided it would be best to let sleeping dogs lie and not discuss the matter any further.


4. lie in wait

to hide while waiting for someone or something

The cat lies in wait for the mouse.

No one knows what lies in wait for us in the coming year.

5. As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.

You must now deal with the consequences of a decision you have made

You were the one who chose these house painters because they were cheap. I told you they’d do a terrible job. As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.

6. lie like a rug

to lie constantly and without shame, to be dishonest

She lies like a rug, so I never trust what she says.

Another phrase to describe a person dishonest is “couldn’t lie straight in bed“, for example, Jesse is so dishonest that I bet he couldn’t lie straight in bed.

Please make some sentences with the phrases we just mentioned by yourself!

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  • I couldn’t believe in any person of this word cause they always lie like a rug 😁😅
    Oh! Don’t take it seriously🙁 I’m just kidding😜 guys its only a sentence , conversely people don’t lie like a rug but I do. 😂😃so now I made u next time fool it’s not ❌correct too 😁
    I’m a open hearted person 😇

  • I’d like to advise people to stop back biting ,but no one listen to me ,so let sleeping dogs lie

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