Synonyms for lays out


Antonyms for lays out

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He is betting that he will take in more money than he lays out on a new plan.

All the days of his youth he labours and garners, and lays out and garners yet again.

And there she lays out her days wage in the pint bottles of her delight.

He constructs the committees and selects their chairmen and lays out their work.

Armies may be maintained here for one third of the expense that Britain lays out upon hers.

He is absolute Master of all his Revenues, and accountable to no body for what he lays out.

Of the value of an introduction which lays out the ground to be covered I have already spoken.

He lays out a row of plantain leaves, and spreads on each leaf a little rice, on which plantains are laid.

He is not rich who lays up much, but he who lays out much; for it is all one not to have, as not to use.

He lays out his nets or his lines, and waits for the haul; he casts his seine and leaves the rest to fate.


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.

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