laying down[ ley ]SEE DEFINITION OF laying down
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAYING DOWN
"Meaning that I lie," said the archer, laying down his knife.
Are you in the habit of laying down the law to everyone who will permit it?
"Scarcely a theory," he remarked, laying down his paper for a moment.
And laying down the magazine, he takes up her hand and presses it to his lips.
Then Gervaise understood that he fancied he was on a roof, laying down sheets of zinc.
I've been laying down the law to Val, Belle; we must not be present at the funeral.
Miss Lucy, laying down her knitting, took it from him with eager fingers.
At last he spoke, laying down his pipe, and sitting back at his ease.
Noll asked, turning to the skipper, and laying down his glass.
"This will be a pill," said Mr. Carden, laying down the paper.
Old English lecgan "to place on the ground (or other surface)," also "put down (often by striking)," from Proto-Germanic *lagjanan (cf. Old Saxon leggian, Old Norse leggja, Old Frisian ledza, Middle Dutch legghan, Dutch leggen, Old High German lecken, German legen, Gothic lagjan "to lay, put, place"), causative of lie (v.2). As a noun, from 1550s, "act of laying." Meaning "way in which something is laid" (e.g. lay of the land) first recorded 1819.
Meaning "have sex with" first recorded 1934, in U.S. slang, probably from sense of "deposit" (which was in Old English, as in lay an egg, lay a bet, etc.), perhaps reinforced by to lie with, a phrase frequently met in the Bible. The noun meaning "woman available for sexual intercourse" is attested from 1930, but there are suggestions of it in stage puns from as far back as 1767. To lay for (someone) "await a chance at revenge" is from late 15c.; lay low "stay inconspicuous" is from 1839. To lay (someone) low preserves the secondary Old English sense.