Grasp, seize on, as in He clutched at branches, shrubs, anything he could lay hold of to break his fall. [ First half of 1500s ]
Also see: get hold of
[ley] /leɪ/ verb (used with object), laid, laying. 1. to put or place in a horizontal position or position of rest; set down: to lay a book on a desk. 2. to knock or beat down, as from an erect position; strike or throw to the ground: One punch laid him low. 3. to put […]
noun 1. Theology. a rite in which the cleric’s hands are placed on the head of a person being confirmed, ordained, or the like. 2. (in divine healing) the placing of the hands of the healer upon the person to be cured. noun 1. (in Christian ordination, confirmation, faith healing, etc) the act of laying […]
noun, Law. 1. a layperson who is interposed between a lawyer and client to prevent the existence of a direct relationship between them.
- Lay into someone
verb phrase To attack someone, physically or verbally: That’s why I laid into Eckert and made him drive me down that night (1838+)