Definitionenregional note: in BRIT, also use lie about
1. phrasal verb
If things are left lying around or lying about, they are not tidied away but left casually somewhere where they can be seen.
[V P] ⇒ People should be careful about their possessions and not leave them lying around.
[V P n] ⇒ My dad had a couple of Bob Dylan and Beatles songbooks lying around the house.
2. phrasal verb → lie If you lie around or lie about, you spend your time relaxing and being lazy. [informal]
[V P] ⇒ I'll just lie around in the sun.
[V P n] ⇒ On Sunday Cohen lay around the house all day.
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