the general state or condition of affairs under consideration; the facts of a situation:
We asked a few questions to get the lay of the land.
- Lay one on someone
verb phrase To hit hard; punch; hang one on: She laid one on him, when he least expected it (1940s+)
[ley-out] /ˈleɪˌaʊt/ noun 1. an arrangement or plan: We objected to the layout of the house. 2. the act of laying or out. 3. a plan or sketch, as of an advertisement or a page of a newspaper or magazine, indicating the arrangement and relationship of the parts, as of type and artwork. 4. (in […]
[ley-oh-ver] /ˈleɪˌoʊ vər/ noun 1. . n. also lay-over, “a stop overnight,” 1873, from lay (v.) + over. Earlier as “a cloth laid over a table-cloth” (1777).
[ley-pee-puh l] /ˈleɪˌpi pəl/ plural noun 1. laymen and laywomen collectively. [ley-pur-suh n] /ˈleɪˌpɜr sən/ noun 1. a person who is not a member of the clergy; one of the laity. 2. a person who is not a member of a given profession, as law or medicine. n. 1972, gender-neutral version of layman.