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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.

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

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

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

burn rubber British & World English

Drive very quickly

get one's hands on British & World English

Find or get something

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

lay hands on British & World English

Find and take possession of

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

lay up in lay1 British & World English

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

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-by British & World English

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

lay-up British & World English

The state whereby a ship is laid up

in lay in lay1 British & World English

(Of a hen) laying eggs regularly

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 in lay1 British & World English

Give up or stop doing something

lay over in lay1 British & World English

Break one’s journey

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 in odds British & World English

Offer a bet with odds favourable to the other better

lay odds British & World English

Offer a bet with odds favourable to the other better

lay about in lay1 British & World English

Beat or attack (someone) violently

lay into in lay1 British & World English

Attack violently with words or blows

lay something on in lay1 British & World English

Provide a service or amenity

lay someone up in lay1 British & World English

Put someone out of action through illness or injury

lay something up in lay1 British & World English

Put a ship or boat in dock or out of commission

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 something in/up in lay1 British & World English

Build up a stock of something in case of need

lay an egg in egg1 British & World English

Be completely unsuccessful

lay an egg British & World English

Be completely unsuccessful

lay something off in lay1 British & World English

(Of a bookmaker) insure against a loss resulting from a large bet by placing a similar bet with another bookmaker

lay someone out in lay1 British & World English

Prepare someone for burial after death

lay something out in lay1 British & World English

Spread something out to its full extent

lay someone low in lay1 British & World English

(Of an illness) reduce someone to inactivity

lay someone off in lay1 British & World English

Discharge a worker temporarily or permanently because of a shortage of work

lay a charge British & World English

Make an accusation

lay claim to British & World English

Assert that one has a right to (something)


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