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TO LIE. That which is proper, is fit; as, an action on the case lies for an injury committed without force; corporeal hereditaments lie in livery, that is, they pass by livery; incorporeal hereditaments lie in grant, that is, pass by the force of the grant, and without any livery. Vide Lying in grant.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"I will talk to Alex Ferguson, maybe before the end of the season, to see the lie of the land.
He covers the lie of the land, farm and field, beast and bone, the growth of arable, the changing harvest, and farming transformed.