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the lay (British lie) of the land

Definition of the lay British lie of the land in English:

1The way in which the features or characteristics of an area present themselves.
Example sentences
  • They did, however, get a feel for the lay of the land.
  • I went on a walk around my neighborhood today to get a feel for the lay of the land.
  • I take a little hike and get a feel for the lay of the land.
1.1The current situation or state of affairs: she was beginning to see the lay of the land with her in-laws
More example sentences
  • I do these reckless drafts, just to get the lay of the land.
  • Senators can be considered stuffy, and they're often too far removed from the political lay of the land.
  • Check the lay of the land and be friendly with everyone, friend and foe.
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