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If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas proverbial saying, late 16th century (earlier in Latin), asserting that human failings, such as dishonesty and foolishness, are contagious. (Compare he that touches pitch shall be defiled.)

lie in state (of the corpse of a person of national importance) be laid in a public place of honour before burial.

See also how the land lies at land1, as you make your bed, so you must lie on it, let sleeping dogs lie, as a tree falls, so shall it lie, truth lies at the bottom of a well.


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