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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylie with
he/she/itlies with
present participlelying with
past tenselay with
past participlelain with
  1. 1
    lie with someone if something such as responsibility or blame for something lies with someone, they are responsible for it or they should be blamed for it

    There is evidence to suggest that some blame lies with the police.

    1. a.
      if something such as power or a decision lies with someone, they have power or the right to make a decision

      Unfortunately, the decision doesn’t lie with our department.

  2. 2
    lie with someone an old phrase meaning ‘to have sex with someone’
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