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lay1 British & World English

Put (something) down gently or carefully

lay2 British & World English

Not ordained into or belonging to the clergy

lay3 British & World English

A short lyric or narrative poem meant to be sung

lay4 British & World English

Past of lie.

lay1 English Thesaurus

Curtis laid the empty can on the passenger seat

lay2 English Thesaurus

a lay preacher

lay New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

place in horizontal position;

put one's head on the block British & World English

Put one’s standing or reputation at risk by proceeding with a particular course of action

burn rubber British & World English

Drive very quickly

put one's cards on the table British & World English

Be completely open and honest in declaring one’s resources, intentions, or attitude

get one's hands on British & World English

Find or get something

lay hands on British & World English

Find and take possession of

lay in lie1 British & World English

(Of a person or animal) be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface

the lie of the land British & World English

The features or characteristics of an area

rest on one's oars British & World English

Relax one’s efforts

set store by British & World English

Consider to be of a particular degree of importance or value

in lay British & World English

(Of a hen) laying eggs regularly

lay up British & World English

Hit the ball deliberately to a lesser distance than possible, typically in order to avoid a hazard

lay-up British & World English

The state whereby a ship is laid up

lay-by British & World English

An area at the side of a road where vehicles may pull off the road and stop

lay-up New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

lay off British & World English

Give up or stop doing something

lay-off British & World English

A temporary or permanent discharge of a worker or workers

lay-off English Thesaurus

a strike in protest over lay-offs

lay about British & World English

Beat or attack (someone) violently

lay into British & World English

Attack violently with words or blows

lay over British & World English

Break one’s journey

lay odds British & World English

Offer a bet with odds favourable to the other better

lay brother British & World English

A person who has taken the vows of a religious order but is not ordained or obliged to take part in the full cycle of liturgy and is employed in ancillary or manual work

lay figure British & World English

A dummy or jointed manikin of a human body used by artists, especially for arranging drapery on

lay reader British & World English

(In the Anglican Church) a layperson licensed to preach and to conduct some religious services, but not licensed to celebrate the Eucharist

lay an egg British & World English

Be completely unsuccessful

lay a charge British & World English

Make an accusation

lay claim to British & World English

Assert that one has a right to (something)

lay a ghost British & World English

Exorcise a ghost


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