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[ley-uh-bout] /ˈleɪ əˌbaʊt/

noun, Chiefly British.
a lazy or idle person; loafer.
a lazy person; loafer
(preposition, usually intransitive or reflexive) (old-fashioned) to hit out with violent and repeated blows in all directions

“habitual loafer,” 1932, from lay (v.) + about. One who “lays about” the house, etc.


A lazy person; shirker (1930s+)


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